Thomas Ice was introduced to the piano at age 8, and within a year or two he began composing his own music, mostly jazz. His innate creative talent is one of the reasons Thomas also excels at improvisation.
Teachers and Collaborators
Over the years, Thomas has studied with Rick Sadlon of Darien public schools; Brian Landrus and Bill O’Connell at Lagond Music School (Elmsford, NY), composer and performer Dr. Joe Utterback (Stratford, CT), bassist Neddy Smith (Norwalk, CT), Bob Quaranta and Fernando Hernandez at The Collective school of music (New York City), numerous instructors at Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT), David Chevan at Southern Connecticut State University, and pianist David Harewood (now in Arlington, MA). When young, Thomas also attended the Fairfield Jazz Guild and various summer jazz camps in New England.
Thomas has performed hundreds of times over the years, both solo and as a member of a duo or band, in front of audiences both small and large (100+). He is best known for his extraordinary talent at improvisation and a style that is entertaining to both jazz aficionados and lay audiences.
Thomas’ current projects include performing with the George Baker Band (New Haven, CT) and other bands in southern Connecticut. He also performs solo gigs often in the area.
Thomas is creative, prolific and versatile. His styles range from jazz swing to pop, blues, Latin, Rock and Broadway. A few of his songs can be heard on his 2019 album “Eagles Sound.”
Thomas’ first meaningful studio work was at The Collective in New York City in 2014, where he recorded a number of jazz standards and his own compositions. Later that year, he was featured on two songs for Neddy Smith’s album, Mood Swing [iTunes]. Neddy is an internationally recognized jazz bassist and composer who has both taught Thomas and played gigs with him for many years. Thomas recorded his first CD in 2016 at the warehouse studio at Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT). His second album, “Eagles Sound,” is a collection of 13 songs recorded on solo piano and is available on Spotify and most other streaming services as well as SoundCloud.
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Recordings of Recent Performances:
• Take the "A" Train
• Softly as the Morning Sunrise
• "blues improv"
• Georgia On My Mind
• Watermelon Man
• Girl from Ipanema
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:00-midnight with the Gil Hawkins Jazz Collective
Owl Shop, 268 College St., New Haven, CT 06510
Thursday, November 21, 2019, noon-1:00 pm
Solo performance—jazz, blues, ballads
Chapel Haven Cafeteria
1040 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT 06515
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4:00-7:00 pm
Open Jam w/ George Baker Band (jazz, blues, funk)
Café Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven, CT
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 8:00-11:00 pm
Duo with bassist David Chevan (jazz, blues, etc.)
Cave a Vin, 975 State Street, New Haven, CT