Born and raised in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, Byron Thomas is one of the best kept musical secrets in the south. He has played for a wide range of people, from world dignitaries to famous entertainers to inspirational speakers. He has dedicated his life and love to the practice and performance of music, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance from Stillman College in 2004. It is this love and pursuit that has made him a southern music phenomenon.
In February of 1998 he performed with the Booker T. Washington’s C’est Jazz Choir at Carnegie Hall. In July of 1997 and 1998, he attended the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Jazz Camp where he studied with jazz pianist Barry Harris. He has been the accompanist for Alabama State University’s 3-T (Teaching Through Theatre) and T.A.P.S. (Theatre Arts Performing School) theatre camps, under the direction of acclaimed actress Dr. Tonea Stewart, for nearly 20 years. In 2000 and 2001 Byron performed on “Pianist at Work” with Amanda Penick. This weekly show, sponsored by the University of Alabama, showcased the talents of many of Alabama’s pianist. In January of 2002, he performed with Theatre Tuscaloosa in their production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” staring Chris Calloway, daughter of jazz legend Cab Calloway. He’s repeated this performance with the Aldridge Reparatory Theatre in Birmingham and Cloverdale playhouse in Montgomery.
During his time as a student at Stillman College he was a member, student accompanist and staff accompanist of the Stillman College Choir under the direction of Phillip T. Westgate. In January of 2004, 2005 and 2006 he was the guest gospel clinician at the National Black Student Leadership Development Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has been musician for both Stillman College’s (2005) and Alabama State University’s ( 2008-2009) production of the Broadway hit “Smoky Joe’s Café” and ASU’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (2007), Stillman College’s production of “Sophisticated Ladies” (2011) and Alabama State University’s production of “Crowns” (2013-2014). In 2017, Byron was the musical director for the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s production of the Tony-nominated Broadway show “ Dreamgirls”. His extraordinary talents have even taken him overseas to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform for the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics with Dr. Tonea Steward in their production of “Remembering Slavery”.
Byron plays for several different artist and groups within the city of Birmingham. Some of these include Mose Stovall and TCB, On Purpose featuring Dwight Houston, Belinda Peoples and Smooth Blend , Jose Carr and Pizzaz, The Official Clutch Band, Aretta Woodruff, Elnora Spencer and countless others. He has become a staple at many of the local annual jazz festivals, such as The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz and Jazz in the Park.
Currently he is and Minister of Music at Bethel Baptist Church of Pratt City and president of Morfingarz Music. He the loving and devoted husband to his wife and biggest supporter, Mrs. Deidra Brown-Thomas
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Beef O’ Brady’s 5519 Grove Blvd. Hoover Al
Jazzi’s on 3rd
1725 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Beef O’ Brady’s
4300 Helena Rd
Helena, Al 35080
Bethel AME Church 2617 18th Pl. S. Homewood, Al
First Baptist Church Ensley 1508 19th St. Birmingham, Al
5pm Free admission