Leron Thomas’ musical journey began in his hometown of Houston Texas, always inspired by family rich with respect and understanding of quality music. After graduating from Houston’s distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, he ventured to New York City to develop as a trumpet player and composer, enrolling in Manhattan’s The New School.
While studying, his own music was evolving and maturing. Recognized for this he began performing professionally with various artists including Bilal, Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver and Roy Hargrove. The quality of his original compositions was enhanced when playing live alongside talented peers Robert Glasper, Damion Reid, Vicente Archer, Marcus Strickland, Harold O’Neal, Isaac Smith, Reggie Quinerly and Omer Avital. Leron graduated from The New School in 2003 with an identifiable sound, recognized by The New York Times, amongst others. Staying in Manhattan to pursue his professional career as a writer and trumpet player, Leron worked with many more artists from a variety of genre’s including Michael Stipe, Lauryn Hill, Bobby Watson and Mos Def, to name a few. Subsequently he found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing ‘other music’. These compositions required his personal trumpet tone along with his vocals to emphasize the diverse sound. From 2004 onwards he developed this genre-crossing music incorporating jazz, blues, pop, country, electro-pop and rock. With nine independently released projects and critical acclaim Leron explores a range of artistic media. Having music in film he also featured in an independent short film 2010 and appears on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers Eight.
August 15, 2011
Leron Thomas: Dirty Draws, Vol. 3
July 17, 2011
Leron Thomas CD Release Party at 92Y Tribeca on August 6th
February 04, 2011
Leron Thomas / 6 Figures / Logan Richardson at 92Y on February 18
January 08, 2011
Leron Thomas performs at Jason Moran's 713 → 212 songwriter event on...
October 30, 2010
New album by Leron Thomas - "Juxtaposed"
September 28, 2009
The Dodenhoff Session
March 05, 2007
Les Paul (Mon) Mingus Big Band (Tues) Vince Giordano (Wed) the Brubeck...
August 17, 2005
Festival of New Trumpet Music Continues with Diego Urcola, Leron...
"The most direct reference to Waller came from trumpeter
vocalist Leron Thomas. Singing the Hoagy Carmichael tune,
“Two Sleepy People,” popularized by Waller, Thomas’
rendition finally arrested a crowd buzzing from the
Steven Chandler, highbrowmagazine.com
“They liked the incisive playing of trumpeter Leron
and probably especially liked his change-of-pace vocal
feature, in which he classily sang Two Sleepy People,
accompanied by Moran and Mateen”
Peter Hum, blogs.ottawacitizen.com
"New York crew massive as always, what a night pre Sandy!
Leron Thomas live was worth the ticket alone and Kilo
the bonus beat!"