Come Hear Mike’s 6 piece Jazz Band as they debut his new album “HOMEWARD”!
WHERE: Capital Yacht Club, 800 Wharf St SW
WHEN: Sunday, April 7th
HOW MUCH: Free for all
(Donations to CYC 501c3 Foundation happily accepted)
6PM FREE Dinner (Member-provided Pot Luck delicacies!)
JAZZ SHOW: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
CASH BAR: Credit Cards and Cash Accepted.
“In the jazz-pop spectrum, he fits somewhere between Mark Murphy and Steve Tyrell — not bad company. Thornton celebrates the genius of vocalese great Jon Hendricks, via a scat-laced ‘Joy Spring,’ with similar ease…Some hushed boomer balladry (Lennon and McCartney’s ‘And I Love Her’) help round out the program and underscore Thornton’s winning versatility.”
Mike Joyce, Washington Post
“[In Thornton’s Step Back CD] the moods shifts are frequent, colorful and often challenging. Thornton certainly has no problem evoking finger-snapping nonchalance, as evidenced by ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ …. And Thornton celebrates the genius of vocalese great Jon Hendricks, via a scat-laced ‘Joy Spring,’ with similar ease. A classic pop-to-bop transformation (‘How High the Moon/ Ornithology’), a tart Ellington-inspired excursion (‘Caravan’) and some hushed boomer balladry (Lennon and McCartney’s ‘And I Love Her’) help round out the program and underscore Thornton’s winning versatility.”
Mike Joyce, Washington Post
“He’s unique. Twisting each vowel and consonant into a series of related musical tones, he gathers the best of both worlds: the dexterity of an instrumentalist and the lyrical passion of a singer.” “Thornton shows his deep love for fun-loving Swing, soulful ballad interpretations and uptempo romps with a clear, baritone voice and vibrant expression.”
Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine
Mike Thornton blends traditional classic jazz standards with a passion for performing works by live, contemporary composers. Mike is following the footsteps of giants of vocal jazz by interpreting a new generation of jazz artists. Performing on stages across the U.S. over his career, Mike has dedicated his life to being an ever-evolving musician. Mike is a vocalist, musical director, actor, nationally-known political satirist, director and producer. Before launching his professional career as a singer (and actor), Homicide, Life On The Street (Excerpt courtesy of NBC), he attended Hartt School of Music, where he studied voice and music education and had the opportunity to study with the great Jackie McLean.
During his days in NYC, Mike’s Jazz Quartet played clubs like the 55 Bar, Arthur’s Tavern, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Garage, Red Blazer, Augie’s, and Torch.
In the Washington D.C. area since 1995, Mike’s Jazz Collective has appeared in Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, State Theatre, Jammin’ Java, the Ice House Cafe, Bangkok Blues, among many others venues, as well as at outdoor concerts throughout the DC region.
Fresh from touring with the nationally-known musical satire group “The Capitol Steps” based in Washington DC, Mike has been hitting every major and minor city in the U.S. for the last few years as performer and presenter.
Now, just as Mike’s new album “Homeward” is coming out, he is lining up jazz gigs throughout Europe and around the U.S. LISTEN HERE TO HOMEWARD