Tomás Doncker

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Tomás Doncker
Background information
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresBlues, R&B, Rock
Instrument(s)Guitar, Vocals, Bass
Years active1979–present
LabelsTrue Groove Records

Tomás Doncker is an American musician, and the CEO of True Groove Records.[citation needed] In 2011 CNN credited him with creating a new genre, Global Soul.[1] He is best known as the lead guitarist in James Chance and the Contortions.[2]


Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with New York No Wave acts including James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt and J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz among others.[3] He is noted for touring and recording with Japanese jazz musicians Sadao Watanabe and Masabumi Kikuchi.[4] This led to him to producing studio and songwriting sessions with Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, and The Itals.[5]

Doncker has worked with artists including Madonna, Ivan Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Corey Glover of Living Colour, former Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Amp Fiddler, Grammy winning producer/bassist Bill Laswell, Chocolate Genius, and 2016 Grammy award nominee Shemekia Copeland.[6][7] His ongoing collaborations with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa have received massive critical acclaim.[8] He has produced hundreds of records for independent musicians.[8] He is the founder and CEO True Groove Records.[citation needed]

In recent years Doncker has completed successful Chinese and European tours as a solo musician.[8][9] He has also performed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, and New York Summerstage.[10][11] With James Chance and the Contortions he played six sold out shows at The Blue Note Tokyo in January 2016.[12][13]


  • Inside Out (2007)[14]
  • Small World Part 1 (2008)[14]
  • Power of the Trinity (2011)[14]
  • Howlin' Wolf EP" (2014)[15]
  • Power of the Trinity... A Slight Return (The Global Soul Mixtape Vol. 1) (2014)[16]
  • Moanin' At Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project (2014)[17]
  • Big Apple Blues (2014)[18]
  • The Mess We Made (2015)[14]


  1. ^ "Brooklyn soul musician taps into Africa". CNN Newsroom. CNN. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tomás Doncker". Elmore Magazine. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Voyce, MacEagon. "Review of The Tomás Doncker Band's 'Big Apple Blues'". AXS. AXS. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  4. ^ VillagegreenNJ. "Tomás Doncker to Perform at SOxSO Festival". The Village Green of Maplewood and South Orange. The Village Green. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Goesseringer Muj, Nicole (January 19, 2016). "Blues Artist Tomás Doncker – A Spokesman For Our Times". Jetset Magazine. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Marla Mase & Tomás Doncker; Music , Global Soul and True Groove Records!". Blog Talk Radio. April 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Lamb, Julia (December 23, 2015). "Tomás Doncker – The Mess We Made". Musos' Guide. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "New Artist Reviews: Tomás Doncker". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Marla Mase featuring legendary guitarist Tomás Doncker to tour Europe in support of Mase's new album". PR Buzz. PR Buzz. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Klamt, Layla. "Blues and Poetry: Tomás Doncker Band Merges Media [Review]". Guardian LV. Guardian LV. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Winn Akefu, Bessie A. "Diablo Love: Tomás Doncker & Alfred Preisser Bringing the Music of Howlin' Wolf to the SummerStage". Huffpost Arts & Culture. Huffington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "【BLUE NOTE TOKYO】JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS (2016 1.22 fri., 1.23 sat., 1.24 sun.)". Blue Note TOKYO. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "James Chance & the Contortions @ Blue Note Tokyo – The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d "Discography". All Music. All Music. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Tomás Doncker Band Hollers the Blues of Howlin' Wolf". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Discography". CD Universe. CD Universe. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Fanelli, Damian. "Tomás Doncker Band Cover Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" – Exclusive Premiere". Guitar World. New Bay Media. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "CD Review: Big Apple Blues". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2016.