235 – Jason “JT” Thomas: Playing with Snarky Puppy and FORQ, “Phrase-Based” Soloing, Memories of Roy Hargrove
Jason “JT” Thomas, is a drummer/producer/singer/writer in high demand for both live and studio work for an array of artists such as Snarky Puppy, Phillip Phillips, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Forq, and many others. JT’s high level of preparation for each artist he works with, along with being a consummate professional on and off stage, is what continues to keep him busy performing on stages and in studios all across the world. He is currently touring with Snarky Puppy and FORQ, and maintains a presence in his hometown of Dallas, where he plays with the Daystar Christian TV Network and various and corporate groups when not on the road.
In this episode, JT talks about
- The current lineups of FORQ and Snarky Puppy
- Why he prefers to live in Dallas, even though he works in New York frequently
- His friendship with Keith Carlock
- How playing covers with corporate bands improved his jazz playing
- Taking EVERY gig seriously as a craftsman – playing a cover song as if you’re playing with that artist
- His “phrase-based” approach to soloing
- Playing with bassist Kevin Scott
- Playing with Roy Hargrove, and the reflections he’s had on Hargrove’s legacy and influence since his death in 2018
JT endorses Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Meinl Cymbals/Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Big Fat Snare Drum, and Lowboy Beaters.