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"While (Chris) Thomas pays tribute to these singers and arrangers, he doesn’t try to mimic or imitate these vocalists or their notations, instead putting his own original spin on the readings of the lyrics. The only word I can come up with is a simple one: soulful. While he has a style all unto his own, the closest singer I can compare him to is another vastly underrated (jazz heavy) vocalist, Mark Murphy.” Jerry Pearce, Newzbreaker.com

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BIO
A native of Chicago and long time resident of Jacksonville, Florida, vocalist Chris Thomas has the style and swagger of Sinatra and the performance excitement of James Brown and Bruno Mars.  A professionally trained dancer who has performed over the past 20 years, Chris Thomas combines dance, vocal, and the best musicians in north Florida to deliver an unforgettable performance. In 2014 The Chris Thomas Band was formed in order to bring the highest level of quality and showmanship to Chris' fans and audiences.  The group has toured throughout the southeast U.S. as well as as 7-day U.K. tour bringing their consistently sold out Sinatra to Soul show. The Chris Thomas Band has performed events for organizations such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Times-Union Center for the Arts, Jacksonville Symphony, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and many more.  

“If you have never been to a Chris Thomas Band performance then you just don’t know what’s good in Jacksonville.” Eden Kendall, WJXT

MUSIC
CTB's debut CD, Only the Beginning, released October 31, 2016 featuring the full 19 piece big band and 8 piece ensemble. 
Rankings per Roots Music Report 2017:
#11 Jazz Album chart track  
#6  Jazz Singles Cake by the Ocean, arr. Steve Strawley
#38 Jazz Singles Alright Okay You Win 

"When Chris Thomas takes the stage, he doesn’t just sing, he aims to embody the swagger and style of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Frank Sinatra, showing off his 30-plus years of professional dancing experience with every tap of his foot. With an 18-piece big band behind him — horns, rhythm section, guitar and keyboard ablaze — he lifts audiences out of their chairs." Florida Times Union, 7/20/17

PRESS/MEDIA
2019
WJXT Morning Show
WTLV First Coast Living
WJXT River City Live
2018 - WINNER IN 3 CATEGORIES, FOLIO BEST OF JAX
BEST Male Vocalist, Jazz Band and Cover Band

2017 - River City Live, WJXT performance,  UK tour
WJXT Morning Show performance, UK tour
WTLV The Chat, UK tour
Florida TImes-Union newspaper, TUCenter & UK tour 

2019
Upcoming:
July 4 - 4th on Flagler, West Palm Beach
July 13 - Bamboo Center for the Arts, Winter Park
Aug 30 - Miami Cultural Arts Center Theater
Aug 31 - Arts Garage, Delray Beach
Dec 19 - Clematis by Night, West Palm Beach
2018
May 27 - Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Aug 4 - Perfect Note, Birmingham, Alabama
Sept 1 - Arts Garage, Delray Beach - SOLD OUT
Sept 15 - Atlantic Beach Jazz Festival
Oct 6 - EMMA Concert Series, Lewis Auditorium
Nov 10 - Opened for Jesse McCartney, St Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular
Nov 30 - Wolfson Children's Hospital Arts and Antiques Gala
2017
Dec - Jacksonville Symphony NYE
West Palm Beach - Clematis by Night series
St Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular - opened for national artist Parmalee
Aug/Sept - Sinatra to Soul Tour: LONDON - Pheasantry PIzza Express, Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s, Toulouse Lautrec - SOLD OUT
July - Times-Union Center - Come Fly With Me - SOLD OUT
May - Jazz on the Green Jazz Festival

SOCIAL MEDIA:
80,000+ combined followers
Facebook:
Chris Thomas Fan ClubChris Thomas (2 pages)
Chris Thomas Band, CTB UK, Mexico, Spain fan pages
Website: www.thechristhomasband.com 
Instagram: thechristhomasband 
Twitter: thechristhomas1

LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS:

With his suave crooning and snappy tempo, Chris Thomas leads his band and audiences back to an era when couples danced together and music collaboration was tight.  Whether they perform as a duo, quartet, quintet or a full 18-piece big band, he and the talented collection of players have certainly got that swing”.  First Coast Magazine