pianist, improviser, composer
Pat Thomas began playing piano at the age of eight. He studied Classical music and reggae was an early interest. Thomas was inspired to take up Jazz after seeing legendary pianist Oscar Peterson on television. By 1979, Thomas was performing seriously as an improviser. Current activities include Shifa with Rachel Musson and Mark Sanders (album Live at cafe Oto, 577 Records 2019), Solo Piano, Black Top with Orphy Robinson, duo with Han Bennink, trio with William Parker and Hamid Drake and a duo with Matana Roberts. He received Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers in 2014.
”Pat Thomas is one of the most imaginative and idiosyncratic pianists at work today”
- Wire magazine
Discography on 577 Records
Pat Thomas, Dominic Lash, Tony Orrell ‘BleySchool’ (2019)
Rachel Musson, Pat Thomas, Mark Sanders 'Shifa - Live at Cafe Oto’ (2019)