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Keyboardist Tony Thomas, bassist Sam Shoup, and drummer Tom Lonardo have been playing together since 1979. Acclaimed in the Memphis area for their original and highly innovative jazz compositions, the Tony Thomas Trio also garnered a degree of world-wide fame in a previous incarnation: the Dog Police. Their recording and video of the same name was an MTV sensation in the 1980s.  

The trio, both individually and as a unit, are among the most esteemed musicians and in-demand session players in the south. They’ve performed with Diahann Carroll, Mose Allison, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Richard “Groove” Holmes, The Memphis Symphony, The New York Pops Orchestra (for which bassist Sam Shoup is a staff arranger), and on literally thousands of commercial music jingles. 

The trio work in an easygoing swing setting that compares to classic Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Ahmad Jamal. 

This “Singles” 2-sider format focuses on two tracks from their award-winning, all-original jazz album, Progreso. The jaunty Joplin-esque number appropriately called “Melodious Funk” and the beautiful hymn-like “Saints” were both composed by drummer Tom Lonardo.

Professor LocoBop devoutly loves the Tony ThomasTrio and emphatically thinks you should too.

 

 


 
 

 

MELODIOUS FUNK

SAINTS

   

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