Saxophonist, TK Blue & the Webb Thomas Trio

Sat, Jul 2, 2022

Saxophonist, TK Blue & the Webb Thomas Trio

with Webb Thomas

T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his

creative output. His artistry is found on over seventy recordings and

has performed with a long list of great international artists.

T.K. graduated with a B.A. in Music and Psych. from New York Univ.

and a Master’s in Music Ed. at Columbia Univ. He is now the Director

of Jazz Studies at Long Island University-LIU-Post Campus directing the

big band, jazz combos, teaching music theory and jazz improvisation,

Jazz History, the History of Rock, World Music, and private students.

At NYU, he studied with saxophonist-composer Jimmy Giuffre, whose

emphasis on having a beautiful tone and playing melodically would

became hallmarks of Blue’s mature style. He took advantage of free

jazz classes offered around New York City by the organizations

Jazzmobile, Henry Street Settlement, The Muse, and Jazz Interactions.

His teachers at those programs included Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster,

Ernie Wilkins, Paul West, Billy Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Rahsaan

Roland Kirk, and Yusef Lateef.

Gigging around NYC in the mid-Seventies with the Natives, a group led

by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba, he met Abdullah Ibrahim, then

known as Dollar Brand. Joining the exiled South African pianist’s band

in 1977, he spent three years touring

the world with Ibrahim, with whom

he recorded three albums.

Webb Thomas

Webb was born in South Philadelphia and spent his early
years in Chester,Pa being raised by his grandparents while his Mother worked in Nursing. Webb lost his Father early on in life before his 3rd birthday.

Exposed to Music at an early age,  His Uncle's Band would have Jazz Sessions at the Family home in Chester and it was there that Webb would "playfully" take the drumsticks and run upstairs and hide them under his pillow.  The next day the Drummer would come and wonder where his sticks went?  At the age of 5, He was enrolled at The Settlement Music School and hasnt put the Sticks down yet.

While attending St. Carthage Parochial School and West
Catholic H. S. for Boys in Philadelphia Webb became  heavily involved in the Music Programs and began to play at Various functions such as School Plays, Church Functions, Marching Bands etc...

After that.. Webb began his journey to the different Music
Colleges.  First Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, then on to Berklee College of Music in Boston playing with different groups and showbands such as The Energetics, traveling throughout New England and abroad.
After a brief stint in New York City working with the late great guitarist, Eric Gale and recording Island Breeze, Webb returned home to Philadelphia.

A globally recognized saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger, TK Blue plays with fire and imagination. Styles include straight-ahead, ballad, bossa nova, Latin and African moods and grooves. Expect a high-energy rush as he teams up with Philly's own Webb Thomas Trio.

Dinner & Show $75 includes 3 course chef tasting menu

General Admission $25 - a la carte menu available

20% Gratuity will be added to your bill, on the dinner portion of your package ($50 -- $10/per person), in addition to any additional items. Gratuity does not include the ticket price or taxes.

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T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his

creative output. His artistry is found on over seventy recordings and

has performed with a long list of great international artists.

T.K. graduated with a B.A. in Music and Psych. from New York Univ.

and a Master’s in Music Ed. at Columbia Univ. He is now the Director

of Jazz Studies at Long Island University-LIU-Post Campus directing the

big band, jazz combos, teaching music theory and jazz improvisation,

Jazz History, the History of Rock, World Music, and private students.

At NYU, he studied with saxophonist-composer Jimmy Giuffre, whose

emphasis on having a beautiful tone and playing melodically would

became hallmarks of Blue’s mature style. He took advantage of free

jazz classes offered around New York City by the organizations

Jazzmobile, Henry Street Settlement, The Muse, and Jazz Interactions.

His teachers at those programs included Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster,

Ernie Wilkins, Paul West, Billy Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Rahsaan

Roland Kirk, and Yusef Lateef.

Gigging around NYC in the mid-Seventies with the Natives, a group led

by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba, he met Abdullah Ibrahim, then

known as Dollar Brand. Joining the exiled South African pianist’s band

in 1977, he spent three years touring

the world with Ibrahim, with whom

he recorded three albums.

Webb Thomas