Jazz Composition Lecture

—— Dan Thomas





At 10:00 on May 24, 2017/ Wednesday

Classroom 617, Academic Building



Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas is a dedicated performer and educator who emigrated to the United States from his native Canada in 1993.  He has received countless performance awards, and has performed as well as presented with some of the most important jazz performers and pedagogues in nearly every state in the continental US, Canada and abroad.


Thomas holds the position as Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he serves as the Co-Chair of the Division of Jazz Studies, is the coordinator of assessment , the coordinator of the UMKC Jazz Camp and the UMKC Jazz Festival, alongside his friend and colleague Bobby Watson.  Thomas holds performing artist/educator endorsements with Yamaha, Vandoren, Locoparasaxo, WeWood, and RooPads.  Thomas’s regular teaching responsibilities include applied jazz studies, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz pedagogy, jazz combos (which have received invitations to perform at Monterey), graduate business and the 11:00 O'Clock Big Band (which received an invitation to perform at the JEN convention and an outstanding performance acknowledgment, in 2012, as well as the headlining the 78th Missouri Music Educators Association Conference).  Thomas has served as a woodwind and jazz studies specialist, instrumental music instructor, as well as vocal music instructor in the public school systems in Washington, Missouri, and Kansas. He has served on the faculty at Kansas City's Penn Valley Community College and Rockhurst University. Thomas is a three-time recipient of the "Who's Who Among America's Educator's" award. With a deep love for educating tomorrow’s jazz future he regularly presents masterclasses, workshops and works as a featured performing guest artist in a wide variety of settings.  He has performed and/or presented in nearly every state in the continental US, Canada and abroad.  The VP for education and curriculum development for the Monk Institute is quoted as saying that Thomas is “..eminent, experienced, and effective..”   It has been said “Dan, in addition to being a killer player, is a dedicated pedagogue who breaks down and de-mystifies the nuts and bolts of improvisation in a way that no other teacher I have encountered in my 7 years of collegiate study can.” Michael Shults (former student and professor of music UW Eau Claire.)   Dan’s students can be seen around the world performing and teaching at the highest level. His students have appeared multiple times at the Kennedy Center as part of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program, have won Grand Prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and at the Port Townsend Jazz Workshops, Monterey Jazz Festival, JEN and contribute to the jazz fabric throughout the US and abroad.


Although a regular in the Kansas City jazz scene, Thomas performs throughout the United States, Canada and overseas in a variety of settings covering the spectrum of the jazz idiom. He is a frequent clinician and guest artist at high school and university jazz festivals. Dan's Quintet CDs City Scope and Musical Sanctuary, and Quartet release Voyage are receiving critical acclaim and all were acknowledged on the national airplay charts.


Dan Thomas is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays and endorses Vandoren products