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Mon February 3, 2014
WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass
Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. | WATCH NOW
Mardra Thomas is known for her realistic portrayal of Billie Holiday in concert and on the theatrical stage. Mardra is a true jazz vocalist with a voice well suited to showcasing Holiday’s sculptured phrasing that stamped a signature style on jazz singing. Reggie Thomas is one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the country. He is on the music faculty at Michigan State University, is a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and can be seen appearing with the Legendary Count Basie Band, the Carl Allen/Rodney Whitaker Ensemble, and MSU Professors of Jazz.
Mardra Thomas, vocals; Reggie Thomas, piano; Montez Coleman, drums; Rodney Whitaker, bass; Perry Hughes, guitar. Recorded live at Lansing JazzFest, August 2013.