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The T.J. Thompson Trio

In addition to original jazz and bebop, we play the soul, blues, and jazz of New Orleans, Memphis, and more.

T.J. Thompson has been an educator, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor for the last fifteen years throughout the Midwest, New York, and New England. For the last few years, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has directed several musicals at local community theaters with the Warner Stage Company, Curtain Call Kids, and several other schools. He has a Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers’ College at Columbia University, a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University. He studied baton technique and orchestral conducting with Maestro Vincent LaSelva at the Juilliard School. In 2000, he performed with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and as a result was a featured artist on Branford Marsalis’ Jazz Set show on NPR. In 1998 he recorded and produced Thompson Trio Take One, an album consisting mostly of original works, which received good reviews from Goldmine and Cadence magazines. A student of both Henry Butler and George Cables, he has opened for and worked with such artists as Henry Butler, Mel Torme, Ed Thigpen, Dave Liebman, and Koko Taylor as well as being a featured soloist on the Morgan Powell Jazz Album. He taught at St. Johnsbury Academy and Johnson State College in Vermont from 1997-2000 and since has been the Director of Instrumental Music at the Taft School, in Watertown, Connecticut, where he resides with his wife, two daughters, and 3 cats.

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