This Thursday, October 4, pianist Micah Thomas returns to The Jazz Gallery for two sets with his work trio, featuring bassist Dean Torrey and drummer Kyle Benford. Since making his Gallery debut as a leader last October, Thomas has become a regular here, performing with the likes of Melissa Aldana, Harish Raghavan, and Immanuel Wilkins. Thomas’s ability to connect with a wide variety of players and practices is reflected in the trio’s own music. In an interview with Jazz Speaks last year, Thomas noted:
My stuff is kind of in the middle of everything. Some originals, some tunes, and some rearrangements of tunes by people that I wanted to play. Some of it’s swinging, some is in the more traditional vein, some is in a more modern-swing vain, and some is just not swinging at all. Some tunes will be really hard and some will be really easy and simple. I wrote everything from 16 bar melodies to compositions that are 5-10 pages long. I’m looking forward to trying it all out. The common denominator is the trio and how we approach it.
Before coming to the Gallery to see Thomas and company’s growth as a band, check out this recent performance of Thomas with Immanuel Wilkins’s quartet, recorded live at WRTI in Philadelphia.
The Micah Thomas Trio plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The group features Mr. Thomas on piano, Dean Torrey on bass, and Kyle Benford on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $20 reserved cabaret seating ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.