Joe Thomas (flautist)
|Birth name||Joseph Samuel Thomas|
|Born||May 31, 1933|
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||July 26, 2017 (aged 84)|
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, soul-jazz, disco|
|Instruments||Flute, Tenor Saxophone|
|Labels||Groove Merchant, Sue, Chiaroscuro, Cobblestone, LRC|
As a child, Thomas learned to play alto and soprano saxophone, trombone, flute and piano, and also taught himself how to write music. Encouraged by his older brother, he began performing in clubs from the age of fifteen and was noticed by James Moody. After enlisting in the United States Army he received a Purple Heart during combat in the Korean War he returned to the US and performed with Specks Williams and joined Rhoda Scott's Trio in the early 1960s.
- Speak Your Piece (Sue, 1964) - with Bill Elliott
- Comin' Home (Cobblestone, 1968)
- Joe Thomas is the Ebony Godfather (Today, 1971)
- Joy of Cookin' (Groove Merchant, 1972)
- Moog Fluting (General Recording Corporation/GRC, 1974) - as 'The Ebony Godfather'
- Masada (Groove Merchant, 1975)
- Feelin's from Within (Groove Merchant, 1976)
- Here I Come (Lester Radio Corporation/LRC, 1977)
- Get in the Wind (LRC, 1978)
- Make Your Move (LRC, 1979)
- Sweet Cocoa (51 West/CBS, 1980)
- Flash (Chiaroscuro, 1980)
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With Jimmy McGriff
With Rhoda Scott
- Hey, Hey, Hey (Tru-Sound, 1962)
- Live!! At The Key Club (Tru-Sound, 1962)
With Buddy Terry
- Natural Soul (Prestige, 1968)
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