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Artist biography Jason "JT" Thomas
Jason Thomas is a jazz drummer who plays with Roy Hargrove, alongside Willie Jones III.
Jason "JT' Thomas began playing at age 3. By the age of 7, he was playing at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. He grew up in Weatherford, Texas. In a talent show at Sam Houston Elementary School, JT caught the attention of the Weatherford High School percussion teacher who was also the jazz band director. Because he made such a strong impression, the director invited him to come out and rehearse and on occasion perform with them.
At age 16, he began playing with local gospel groups around town and soon after with local Top 40 groups in and out of town. The exposure of playing around town gave him the opportunity to travel internationally, performing all over Asia and Indonesia for the Grand Hyatt Hotels and famed jazz club Jamz, where jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Bob James and many more had performed.