Logan Thomas

Piano

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Logan Thomas recieved his undergraduate degree majoring in Jazz Studies (Piano) at Western Michigan University in 2007. Aside from jazz, Logan has been classically trained for 17 years. In 2008, Logan was 1 out of 4 pianists nationwide chosen to participate in Fred Hersch's "Solo Duo Trio" workshop and present a concert in Carnegie Hall. Logan's latest embarkation was touring the Caribbean playing on Carnival Cruise Lines with his trio "Rhetoric" for 5 months. He has studied and worked with world renown musicians that includes Fred Hersch, Stefon Harris, Danilo Perez, Billy Hart, Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Paquito D'Riviera, Luciana Souza, Dick Hyman, Kurt Elling, Laurence Hobgood, Jamey Haddad, Matt Wilson, and Randy Brecker to name a few. Aside from leading his own group, he now plays in a plethera of professional groups of many different styles including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Neo-soul, Fusion/Rock, and Straight-Ahead Jazz. Upon playing in the Notre Dame Jazz Festival 2 years in a row, Logan recieved a total of 6 outstanding performance awards from James Carter, Carl Allen, John Faddis, Lynn Arriale, Steve Davis, and Frank Catalano. Also, Logan played at the 2007 IAJE in NYC with The Octet and special guests Billy Hart, Stefon Harris and Fred Hersch. While still in school, he had played in numerous collegiate ensembles that include Gold Company, The University Jazz Orchestra, The Brazil Project, as well as the Western Michigan Jazz Octet. In the spring of 2005, Logan was honored to win in the "Best Arrangement" category of the "Downbeat Student Music Awards". Two years later he would win for the second time, except this time in the "Best Original Composition" category. Most of his original compositions can be heard in almost all of the groups that he plays in. Also, in 2007 he was featured as a presenter/clinician for the Gilmore Keys Club, as well as served as the musical director for the "All Ears Theatre Program" in Kalamazoo, MI. On the side, Logan also teaches jazz and classical music to students of all ages.