Michele Thomas is a native of Chicago and has recently released her debut jazz album, called "I'll Take Romance." She is a fresh new talent to the jazz scene and has received recognition from such distinguished jazz artists as Kevin Mahogany and Sheila Jordan. Even as Michele is rooted in a rich gospel tradition, her transition into the jazz idiom has been met with fast and noteworthy success.
Surprisingly enough, Michele has been performing jazz for only a few years. In that time she has managed to perform at such legendary venues as Chicago's own Green Mill, and worked with such well-known Chicago musicians as bassists Kelly Sill and Michael Arnopol, and pianist Ryan Cohen.
Her album, "I'll Take Romance" features fresh arrangements of jazz and pop standards. Accompanied by some of Chicago's most talented musicians, Michele Thomas renders her artistic expression to such great songs as Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile" and Stevie Wonder's "Where Were You When I Needed You?". Recognized for her "Ella-esque" tone and the musical coloring of Sarah Vaughn, Michele brings a vibrant spirit to the voice of jazz. With her warm, heartfelt delivery and mean scat solos, she is on her way to definite success with this debut album!
Michele is currently performing at Big Joe's 2&6 Pub on Chicago's Northwest side. There she regularly sings with a quartet of talented young musicians featuring Ted Hogarth (of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble) on saxophones, Darren Scorza (of the Hard Art Group) on drums, Neal Alger (of the Patricia Barber Quartet) on guitar and Bob Lovecchio on bass. Michele has also performed at such Chicago venues as The Hot House, The Metropole Room, Andy's Jazz Club and has graced the stage of the legendary Green Mill on many occasion.