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Igmar Thomas

Maestro, Trumpeter, conductor, composer and arranger Igmar Thomas is a visionary artist and linchpin of the modern vanguard. His fluency and knack for transmuting the genres of the African diaspora make him one of the most sought-after minds in contemporary music. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music and former student of trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Roy Hargrove, Thomas’ role varies from featured artist to sideman and band leader to maestro and musical director on international tours for artists like Esperanza Spalding and Kamasi Washington.

Thomas serves as the Music Director for legendary artist Busta Rhymes and celebrity DJ D-Nice, and previously for Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill earned him the praise of hip-hop icons DJ Kool Herc, DJ Premier and Sean “Diddy” Combs, who likened Thomas’ musical directing talents to that of Teddy Riley and DeVante Swing. He proudly serves as an ambassador of black musical culture at the helm of Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, the acclaimed Revive Big Band and the phenomenal Revive Orchestra. Thomas’ boundless creativity enables him to serve as a conduit for the harmonious synthesis of various genres, eras and musical styles. His approach to musicianship has empowered peers and legends to embrace the freedom inherent in rejecting purist notions and making music outside of the box.


Coincidental Moment

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Anxiety Society; Jagged Lil' Blues; Happily Go Luckily; Blue Tropics; Blue In Green; Enigmatic Adventure; Multiple Perspectives; West Coast; Coincidental Moment; Everyday Anthem; Uncommon Poetry.


Song of the Day

Everyday Anthem

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:31


Article: Album Review

Lisa Hilton: Coincidental Moment

Read "Coincidental Moment" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As good as Coincidental Moment is, there is an uncharacteristic sense of sameness infused in many of these bossa blues. As she notes in the liners, lauded and long-trusted pianist Lisa Hilton intended the music to illuminate the cool energies and history of jazz while relating to these hair-shirt times in which we find ...


Paradise Cove

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2022
Track listing: Birks' Works; Fast Time Blues; Blues Vagabond; Another Simple Sunday With You; Cha Cha Cha À La Carte; Mercurial Moments; Night Cap & a Little Chaos;Storybook Sequel; Mediterranean Dreams; What the World Needs Now is Love; Paradise Cove.


News: Recording

Pianist Lisa Hilton Debuts New Dynamic Quartet on 'Paradise Cove'

Pianist Lisa Hilton Debuts New Dynamic Quartet on 'Paradise Cove'

“I think we all need jazz in our lives these days,” composer, pianist, bandleader and producer Lisa K. Hilton writes in the liner notes for her 26th release, Paradise Cove (Ruby Slipper Productions). “From its inception ragtime, jazz and blues were created to boost moods or morale by America’s earliest composers, such as Scott Joplin, Ferdinand ...


Article: Album Review

Lisa Hilton: Paradise Cove

Read "Paradise Cove" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

At a time in our collective consciousness when it appears nothing is functioning as it once did, or is as reliable as it once was, or gives us purpose and solace as we once knew, along comes the soft sustaining magic of Lisa Hilton's gorgeous new recording, Paradise Cove, and for all of its enchanting forty-five ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...


Article: Album Review

Brian Landrus: Generations

Read "Generations" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

With Generations baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus has created an ambitious set of music for full orchestra that is based in jazz but also touches on classical music, hip hop and reggae, giving prominent position to instruments like harp and vibraphone to give his ensemble an airy, spacious sound.It all begins with the five-movement “Jeru ...


Article: Live Review

Otis Brown III + Revive Big Band at Central Park Summerstage

Read "Otis Brown III + Revive Big Band at Central Park Summerstage" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Otis Brown III + Revive Big Band Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary at Central Park Summerstage August 3, 2014 New York, NY On an evening dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records (now a subsidiary of Universal Music), drummer Otis Brown III began the proceedings by ...


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