Craig Thomas joined the University of Delaware’s Department of Music as a bass instructor in January 2006, where he also teaches jazz harmony. Mr. Thomas is also an adjunct associate professor at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching private lessons in acoustic and electric bass. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia Music Academy (now University of the Arts) with a Bachelor of Music degree and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers. Mr. Thomas received his Master of Music degree from Rowan University in May 2002.
Mr. Thomas has played with a variety of jazz luminaries including Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis, Pat Martino and Jimmy Bruno, just to name a few. He has also accompanied such pop icons as Vic Damone and Frank Sinatra and currently has been working with James Darren and Bobby Rydell. He occasionally plays with various local orchestras in a more classical venue.
Mr. Thomas has recorded with a number of different musicians, his most recent efforts being Curiosity
, recorded with the John Vanore & Abstract Truth, a local jazz ensemble, and T-Bird ‘60
on the Jazzed Media label with Jeff Darrohn. He has also recorded four CDs on the Concord Jazz label with Jimmy Bruno, including two live CDs, Live at Birdland
with Bobby Watson and Live at Birdland II
with Scott Hamilton. His performances and compositions have been reviewed in DownBeat, Just Jazz Guitar, International Society of Bassists
journal and JazzTimes
magazines, among others.
You can visit Mr. Thomas’s website for more information, photos and samples of his music at craigsbassplace.com