- Artist: Richard "Cookie" Thomas
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/18/2008
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 PETE DELISSER - TENOR AND BARITONE SAXOPHONES Pete deLisser's saxophone career spans four decades and a wide variety of music styles. Hailing from the New York area, Pete was known primarily in the 1970's and 80's as the founder and leader of The Romero Brothers, a great swing and R&B band working extensively in Fairfield County, Connecticut at that time. The band traveled and performed in other parts of the country as well and forged an alliance with lead vocalist Cookie Thomas from roughly 1979-1987. Pete also played numerous jazz dates with smaller mainstream quartets and quintets around the New York area before leaving the scene in 1988. After re-locating to tourist oriented Sun Valley, Idaho, Pete played jazz extensively with the John Northrop quartet, Hal Sweazy and the Big Band, and numerous dates with quartets and quintets under his own name. While in Idaho, he also branched out for a year with the Rock & Roll band known as The Fabulous Toast Points before landing a job with movie star Bruce Willis and his blues band, The Accelerators. It was during this period that Pete really developed his affection for the baritone saxophone and his interest in it as a solo instrument for both blues and jazz. Pete was also instrumental in the formation of the great Accelerators off-shoot band known as the Groove Syndicate featuring wild man Keith Joe Dick on vocals. The group had a short but spectacular stint as house band at Bruce Willis's Mint Bar in Hailey, Idaho before the group fell apart due to a variety of conflicting commitments. In 1999, Pete re-located again, this time to Sarasota, Florida. The Romero Brothers have been frequent visitors to the area and have brought together many of the great musicians of the past and present. Pete plays frequently with the Al Fuller Blues band and has spent most of the last few years playing mainstream jazz and blues. He continues to do free lance work in the Sarasota area.