2017: “Funk Don’t Move, It Grooves” Album release tour
Grant’s Lounge, Macon (GA, USA)
Koktebel Jazz Party, Crimea (UA )
Langnau Jazznights, (CH)
Summer Jazz Nights Cracow, (PL)
Jazzfest Gronau (GER)
Cali Club-Brussels (BE)
Resonanz Musik Festival- Eupen, (GER)
Jazz Comes To Town, Epe (NL)
Jazzablanca, Casablanca (MA)
Zwart Huis, Bruges (BE)
Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) (Incognito support)
Middelkerke Casino (BE)
Bar Du Matin, Brussels (BE)
Musig am Zürisee, Zurich (CH)
Jazz Behind The Beach, Zandvoort (NL)
Zeeheldenfestival, Den Haag (NL)
Breda Jazz Festival, (NL)
Oisterwijkt Swingt, (NL)
Swinging Groningen (feat. Fred Wesley)
Hot Jazz Club, Münster (GER) (feat. Fred Wesley)
Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, (GER) (feat. Fred Wesley)
Paradox, Tilburg (NL)
Perron 55, Venlo (NL)
Paard Van Troje, Den Haag (NL)
5 Mei Festival, Den Haag (NL)
When you ask the multi-talented drummer/producer and composer of some of the worlds greatest Funk & R’n’Bformations why he’s turned his attention to singing… He will lay it down as such:
”To uplift this planet through music and lyrics to let love rule”.
After 30 years of performing world wide with artists like Maceo Parker (James Brown, Prince), the SOS Band, ChuckLeavell (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton) and producing team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Pink) Jamal Thomas has seen the limelight long enough to know where the soul of music is born.
And to give rhythm a voice just made sense. The Jamal Thomas Band is a jazz-in ced European funk group, combined with the R’n'B experience of the famous US Drummer from Macon, Georgia. It delivers a sensational mixture of old-school funk and new-school soul excitement and raw energy to groove you throughthe seat of your soul!
“The Jamal Thomas Band is Funk with a twist, this is a new direction, feel good music!” -Fred Wesley
Jamal Thomas, born and raised in Macon Georgia to proud parents William and Arsie Lee Thomas.
The second of six children, Jamal grew up as a musically inclined child, teaching himself to drum and sing at an early age.
Throughout highschool he played drums for the schools marching band. Upon leaving highschool at age 18 he formed his own band, known as “The Planets“. An 11 piece Funk band in which he drummed and tried his hand at background singing. The Planets were fortunate enough to catch a break with the legendary R’nB singer Joe Simons, who’s hit list consists of more than 50 singles, including “Drowning in the sea of love“, “Get down on the floor“ and “Music in my bones“.
After extensively touring around the world with Joe Simons, Jamal went on to become a much sought after studio drummer. Becomming a regular session musician at the “Capricorn Recording Studio“ back in Macon Georgia, where top names such as Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers turned out their first hits.
Thereafter, he joined the Rock ‘n Roll band “Black Oak Arkansas“, whererby re-location was the name of the game!
Eventually JT made other magical music hookups with the likes of the “SOS Band“, in the US, „Sandrine“ in Belgium, and till 2011, toured throughout the world with Maceo Parker.
Whilst performing 20 years as the drummer of the Maceo Parker Band, Jamal took a step into the vocal arena and decided to place his musical attention towards producing his first album “Family“ and exposing his gift of singing to the world.
In 2009 Jamal came across the young talented drummer Alex Bernath. They decided to collaborate and form the Jamal Thomas Band.
In 2013, their debut album “Future” was released in Germany and well received by the press. After extensive touring in and outside of Europe, the band took 2015 “off” for the work and recording of their latest album: “Country Boy”. They since then has welcomed new members to our group.
It will be released in the Netherlands in september 2016.