Touch You with a Song
Richard ' Cookie' Thomas 'The Smooth Voice That Makes The Event' A versatile vocalist, and an undiscovered treasure, Richard Thomas' career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at fourteen, to open for B.B. King. Richard current CD Touch You With A Song, produced and arranged by Pianist John di Martino, is scheduled to be released in this summer and is a compliment to his current collection, which includes: The Pleasure Of Your Company and Holiday Classics, both arranged by Pianist Lynne Arriale. Richard's voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards. Richard draws his inspiration from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Hartman. In fact, you can hear a bit of each one when Richard sings. Richard currently performs at Soundwaters Community Center, and the Long Ridge Tavern in Stamford CT., which are home based. Additionally, he performs at the well-known Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, Ct the Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook NY, the Levitt Pavilion in Westport CT, the Jackie Robinson Jazz Festival in Norwalk CT; the Rich Forum in Stamford CT, and Danny's Grand Sea Palace in Ny. He has also performed for the Christopher Reeves Foundation. Richard will also be performing at the world famous Iridium in New York City in the spring. Richard currently performs with famed Pianist Sarah Jane Cion, winner of the 1999 Great American Jazz Piano competition. Richard also performs with Guitarist Carmine Marino, Jazz Pianists Alan Simon, Danny Mixon, Rob Silvan and Joe McWilliams. Drummers Bobby Leonard and Arti Dixon, who toured with Ahmid Jamal. He's also performed with Saxophonists Marion Meadows, Houston Pearson, Lonnie Youngblood, and Ken Gioffre of AWB. Richard's also performed with famed Bassist Phil Bowler, who accompanied Horace Silver as well as Bill Conway. Additionally. He had the opportunity to perform with the world famous Joyce DiCamillo Trio. Richard's performances also include the Oaks Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls, Canada with The James Gaye Quartet, and the Registry Resort Hotel in Naples Florida. Richard has studied voice with screenplay writer Jay Fredrick's of Westport Connecticut, Vocal Coach Jackie Presti of NYC, and Voices International of NYC. Richard also provides Vocal coaching to several seasoned and non-seasoned singers. Richard maintains close relationship with Edge Studio of Fairfield Connecticut, one of the area's leading recourses for voice-over education, as well as the well-known Carriage House Studio of Stamford Connecticut. He is affiliated with the Johnston Agency of Norwalk Connecticut in addition to James Daniel Music of Stamford Connecticut and Showgigs.com of Montreal.