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New Orleans Jazz – News and Views – Kid Thomas

November 19th, 2022

Kid Thomas Valentine – Trumpet – Vocals and a bag of tricks! Born Reserve Louisiana 3rd February 1896. Died 16th June 1987 In New Orleans.

Let’s get the history out of the way: Kid Thomas was a band leader from 1922 onward and led bands all over Louisiana, but always remained based in New Orleans.

I want to quote from “The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD” by Richard Cook and Brian Morton. Their brilliant words on the subject cannot be bettered. “He approached this awesome career with a Zen-like simplicity, reducing the New Orleans sound to its essentials and creating a lifetime’s work from them. A fascinating lead trumpeter – his method, including a strict observance of the melody, a blunt jabbing attack and a vibrato that sounds like an angry trill, managed to create high drama and lyrical depth alike. He seldom took solos, he was such a strong lead voice he tended to dominate every band he played with.”

Kid Thomas made the most amazing number of recordings, and many of them are available to you on CD right now! But first a warning: the music and these musicians produce a sound that is like fine wine or great coffee – you may take some time to acquire the taste: but when you do you, like me, will become addicted for life.

Try from 1961 “Kid Thomas – George Lewis Ragtime Stompers” on GHB bcd-5. a true classic. Try “The December Band” from 1965 on GHB BCD – 197 and BCD – 198. Then try “New Orleans, The Living Legends” Kid Thomas and his Algiers Stompers on Riverside OCJCCD – 1833 -2 from 1961.