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Ron Thomas

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Somewhere around 1900, Eleazar Thomas migrated from Wales to settle in the coal-mining community of Dickson City, Pennsylvania where he met his wife Martha and had four children: Mary, Benjamin Llywellen, David Wesley, and, my father, “Buddy” (Arja Worthington) born in 1917. Buddy’s two older brothers, Ben and Wesley, had each begun to work in the mines at the age of nine but Martha refused to allow Buddy, her youngest son, to join them, or so goes the official family story. Martha took her children to her sister’s boarding house in Newark, New Jersey; Eleazar joined them sometime later

Album

Rio Crystal

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rio Crystal; This Heart; Junior; Lovesick; Motion Potion; Wakin' Up; YBB; Soul Mates.

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Article: Interview

Pat Martino: Creative Force

Read "Pat Martino: Creative Force" reviewed by Mike Brannon


This article was first published at All About Jazz in June 2000. Pat Martino. A name that strikes anything from fear to sheer awe and reverence in musicians who know who this is. And what he's done and been through. And continues to go through. The name resonates a bridge between the true Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Colombo: Rio Crystal

Read "Rio Crystal" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris Loser, in a series of jazzy instrumental workouts. It's uncomplicated swing, and the emotional directness and honesty with ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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Rio Crystal

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Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:37

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Article: Album Review

Paul Colombo Group: Rio Crystal

Read "Rio Crystal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Paul Colombo's debut, Rio Crystal, comes about because his fellow guitarist, Pat Martino, released an album called Pat Martino/Live! (Muse Records, 1972). When Colombo heard Martino's sound, the then fifteen year old aspiring musician's path to jazz artistry came into focus. The keyboardist on Martino's 1972 LP was Ron Thomas, who played Fender Rhodes ...

Album

Primary Colors

Label: acoustical concepts
Released: 2020
Track listing: Final Dawn; Lady; Yesterdays; A Time For Love; Origins of Rude; Return; Secret Love.

Album

Scenes From A Voyage To Arcturus

Label: Vectordisc Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Chrystalman's County; The Starkness Observatory And The Night Departure; Joiwind; Backhouse The Medium At Prolands, The Hempstead; The Apparition; Muspel; Gazing Over Towards Barey; The Music Of Swaylone's Island; The Murder Of Spadevil And Tydomin; The Lusion Plain; Tydomin; Panawe, The Husband of Joiwind; The Muspel Stream, Chrystalman's Food; Arcturus.'

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas

Read "Shining A Light On Pianist Ron Thomas" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Pianist / composer Ron Thomas (b. 1942), was introduced to the piano by his father, Buddy, a self-taught player who learned the art of the ivories by analyzing piano roll performances. Ron was, according to his biography, three or four years old at the time. Those early lessons took root, and then along came Marilyn Monroe. ...


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