Jazz Under the Stars: Andre Thomas
PLU's annual Jazz Under the Stars summer concert series marks its fifteenth year next summer. The 2013 concert series, featuring the finest professional jazz talent in the Puget Sound region, will begin on Thursday, July 11 in the outdoor ampthitheater of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center on the PLU campus.
Bring your lawn chairs and your picnic food and come join me. (PLU is a dry campus. Bring the brie, leave the chablis!) The series is sponsored by the PLU music department and KPLU 88.5 FM.
The series is free to the public and runs Thursdays for six weeks, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Music faculty member Paul Tegels offers an intermission performance on the world-famous Fuchs pipe organ in our beautiful Lagerquist Hall. There is free coffee and stargazing after the last three concerts at PLU's Keck Observatory, weather permitting, courtesy of the PLU physics department. Speaking of weather, JUTS concerts are NEVER cancelled due to weather. On days with inclement weather, concerts will be held in Lagerquist Concert Hall of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center.
I go every year to this and Love it! Come Join Us! Karen
Sponsored by 88.5 KPLU.
Schooled in his native Baltimore, Andre Thomas studied music in San Diego and at the Armed Forces School of Music. He moved to Seattle from Japan in 1987 with the Navy Band. While in the service, Andre performed ceremonial music for formal military occasions and dance music for events like Seafair. "We also did special performances for elementary schools that featured everything from Mancini to rock 'n roll," he says. But Andre's real love is jazz. "My father was a jazz drummer and my biggest influence." During the late 1990s, Andre hosted the Sunday evening jam session at Tula's, a leading Seattle jazz club. He has found many opportunities to play throughout the area and has performed as a sideman for a host of musicians such as Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Don Ellis, Art Pepper, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, and others. He also leads his own group, Quiet Fire, in appearances throughout the Seattle region.