The Taft School Music for a While concert series continues Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm with Jazz from the Undercroft: A Mardi Gras Celebration! Join us for a cabaret-style gathering in the Woodward Chapel Undercroft featuring soul, jazz, and blues with Taft Music Teacher and Pianist TJ Thompson and his talented ensemble, including:Pamela Robles, vocals; Keenan Asbridge, trumpet; Matt Schmidt, clarinet and baritone sax; Miles Livolsi, bass; and James Allen, drums. Their repertoire includes music by Bessie Smith, Sam Morgan, Jimmy Cox, Professor Longhair, Allen Tousssaint, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Thompson performed with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, which led to a gig as a featured artist on Branford Marsalis’ Jazz Seton WNPR. In 1998, he recorded and produced Thompson Trio Take One. The album, which included mostly original works, earned positive reviews from Goldmine and Cadence magazines. Their most recent album, Take Two: The Sound of Playing, garnered 2017 Jazz Artist of the Year honors from the International Music Entertainment Association (IMEA).
A student of both Henry Butler and George Cables, Thompson has opened for and worked with a wide range of well-known artists, including Henry Butler, Mel Torme, Ed Thigpen, Dave Liebman, and Koko Taylor. Thompson was also a featured soloist on The Morgan Powell Jazz Album. He taught at St. Johnsbury Academy and Johnson State College before taking on the post of Director of Instrumental Music at Taft.
Woodward Chapel is located at 25 The Green in Watertown, CT. This cabaret-style event is BYOB; set-ups and munchies will be provided. Please park in the lot directly behind the Chapel.