Award-winning Vocalist/Composer/Music Educator G. Thomas Allen (called by Christian McBride “Bishop” ) is listed as a "Rising Star” in the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the heels of winning the 2021 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition. Recognized as the first and only male, in history, to hold the prestigious SASSY Award – Downbeat Magazine.
Thomas’ work spans to multi-genres, as a former Principal Artist of Los Angeles Opera, and lead singer on GRAMMY nominated album “Choirmaster” (Motown Gospel 2020). He has worked with the late David Baker, jazz educator and conductor of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra at Strathmore Hall, guest soloist with the Black Pearl Chamber Ensemble, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, and former member of Baltimore's Soulful Symphony. On the Chicago scene, noted collaborations and recordings with Marquis Hill, Greg Ward, and Pharez Whitted.
He has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), Cable Network News (CNN) and performed at some of the top concert halls in America, including The Kennedy Center, NJPAC, and Carnegie Hall. Thomas has performed in top jazz rooms including SOUTH Jazz Club in Philly, The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem (birthplace of bebop), and Caffè Vivace in OH – to name a few. Past performances at the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the TD Jazz Moody Jazz Festival, and set to perform at the White Plains NY Jazz Festival on September 18th, following the Monterey Jazz Festival as part of the HBCU initiative, joining his alma mater.
In 2020, Thomas’ self-titled debut album hit No. #1 on the iTunes jazz charts. Currently, the band is working on a sophomore project, Reimagined Dream. A lead single, "Cookie Jar", was released 2022 nd already making waves with its iconic tagline, “You’ve been tempted by the cookie jar”! Thomas brings a unique approach to the genre, with his soul-infused phrases, paired with improvisation both of modern-day stylizing to straight-ahead, classic jazz. His four-octave range and warm timbre is second-to-none and often compared to the likes of the iconic Philip Bailey.
2x-graduate of Morgan State University, as a Vocal Studies alum and second-BA in Speech Communication. Master of Music in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy, Carthage College - as Diversity Fellow c/o '23. Thomas serves on the voice faculty of Columbia College of Chicago, Carthage College and Director of Jazz & Contemporary Voice at ChiArts Conservatory. Allen Studios, LLC CEO/Founder
“G. Thomas Allen’s falsetto vocals make him unusual for a male singer — and they helped him become the first man ever to win the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on Nov. 14.” - Michael Barris
“Thomas Allen from Chicago was announced as the winner of the 10th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, N.J.”
“One of the judges, guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli, described the competition as "a great mix of vocalists, and that made it hard to come up with a winner. I think G. really commanded it, and his confidence was as clear as his voice.” - This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine
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