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Mike Thornton


Mike Thornton blends traditional classic jazz standards with a passion for performing works by live, contemporary composers. Mike is following the footsteps of giants of vocal jazz by interpreting a new generation of jazz artists. Performing on stages across the U.S. over his career, Mike has dedicated his life to being an ever-evolving musician. Mike is a vocalist, musical director, actor, nationally-known political satirist, director and producer. Before launching his professional career as a singer (and actor), he attended Hartt School of Music, where he studied voice and music education and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean. During his days in NYC, Mike’s Jazz Quartet played clubs like the 55 Bar, Arthur’s Tavern, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Garage, Red Blazer, Augie’s, and Torch. In the Washington D.C


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Ten Artists: January 2019

Read "Ten Artists: January 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I am adopting my “Bailey's Bundle" format as sole vehicle for my music reportage. Moreover, I am sharpening my focus to three segments of the jazz universe, in this order: (1) Jazz Vocals, (2) Archival Releases, and (3) Everything Else. I have changed the title to the more inclusive “Ten Artists," better reflecting how I have ...



Label: MTA
Released: 2018
Track listing: You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To; All Blues / Every Day I Have The Blues; Golden Slumbers; Señor Blues; Cry Me A River; I Believe In You; Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; 'Round Midnight; Autumn Serenade; Ain’t No Sunshine (Live); Route 66 (Live); My One And Only Love.



Senor Blues

Featuring the music of Mike Thornton
Duration: 4:23

Melding studio band with live band - different cats, wonderful mixing of the two. Studio: DC: Dave Kane, Piano; Steve Zerlin, Bass; Leland Nakamura, Drums; Bruce Swaim, Sax; Tom Williams, Trumpet. Live: Mass: Peter Primamore, Keys; Fran Tokarz, Bass; Tom Major, Drums; Aaron Dean, Drums.

Step Back

Label: MTA
Released: 2008
Track listing: 1. My Romance 2. How High the Moon / Ornithology 3. It's You or No One 4. Tenderly 5. I've Got You Under My Skin 6. Caravan 7. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter 8. And I Love Her 9. When I Look in Your Eyes 10. A Lot of Livin' to Do 11. Joy Spring 12. You Go to My Head 13. Traffic Jam


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