Jazz Sultans, Guest Artist Reggie Thomas Performing Feb. 7 at LoDo


JazzCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 4, 2013 — The Jazz Sultans of Southeast Missouri State University, a regular feature of the Buckner Brewing Company that closed last weekend, will move their act down the block Feb. 7 to LoDo at 33 N. Main Street in the historic downtown district of Cape Girardeau.

The Jazz Sultans jazz combo with special guest Reggie Thomas will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Sultans will feature Jay Contrino on drumset, along with guests from the LoDo Jazz Quartet including Matt Pittman on bass, Chris Deusinger on tenor saxophone and Rodney Lancaster on trombone. Special guest artist will be Reggie Thomas on piano, who will be in town for the 15th Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival held at Southeast Missouri State University on Feb. 8-9.

Thomas joined the Michigan State University College of Music as professor of jazz (piano) in 2011 after nearly 20 years as professor of music at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He regularly appears as a guest artist at collegiate jazz festivals around the country, including those hosted by Lawrence University, the University of South Florida and Texas Tech University. He also has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, Poland, Senegal and England. He can be seen fronting his own groups (Mardra/Reggie Thomas Ensemble; OGD) on both piano and Hammond organ and performing with other artists including Ann Hampton Callaway and the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Project, Clay Jenkins, Kim Richmond, Clark Terry and Mike Vax.

Thomas will appear with the Jazz Sultans for one night only, along with top local jazz artists including the acclaimed Chris Deusinger on tenor sax, former NYC trombonist Rodney Lancaster alongside regulars Matt Pittman (bass) and Jay Contrino (drumset). This promises to be an epic show, so arrive early to get a good seat. The performance is free, and those under the age of 18 may attend until 10 p.m. when the show will conclude.