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Jason "JT' Thomas began playing at age 3. By the age of 7, he was playing at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. He grew up in Weatherford, Texas. In a talent show at Sam Houston Elementary School, JT caught the attention of the Weatherford High School percussion teacher who was also the jazz band director. Because he made such a strong impression, the director invited him to come out and rehearse and on occasion perform with them. At age 16, he began playing with local gospel groups around town and soon after with local Top 40 groups in and out of town. The exposure of playing around town gave him the opportunity to travel internationally, performing all over Asia and Indonesia for the Grand Hyatt Hotels and famed jazz club Jamz, where jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Bob James and many more had performed. In between touring, JT keeps a busy schedule of playing at church, with different Top 40 bands, jazz trios and doing session work

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Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...


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