Larry Reni Thomas

Larry Reni’s Contributions

01/16/13    Community Articles

PREMIERE; AUDIO DOCUMENTARY; NINA SIMONE; A GREAT NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ INTELLECTUAL

Listen to WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, October 7, 2012, from 9pm to 12 midnight, for The Thelonious Monk Birthday Special with host Larry Reni Thomas. The program will feature three hours of Nina Simone’s music and the...

01/16/13    Community Articles

THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN RADIO SPECIAL

Listen to WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), 103.5 FM, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, for Sunday Night Jazz with Larry Reni Thomas, on February 17, 2013, for the airing of a radio documentary called The Helen Morgan Radio Project. The 27-minute profile and...

01/10/13    Community Articles

SAVION GLOVER: DANCE, JAZZ AND DUKE! BY LARRY RENI THOMAS

Savion Glover, the earthy, energetic, fast-moving, tap dancer, will bring his dance performance program, SoLe Sanctuary: Hoofer’s Meditation On The Art Of Tap!, a tribute to his “teachers and mentors,” to Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina...

12/03/12    Community Articles

A GUIDE TO ONLINE JAZZ (NO TALK) BY LARRY RENI THOMAS

Monday---Friday---6am-3pm—WBGO-FM (www.wbgo.org) Monday---Friday—3pm-4pm—KCSM-FM (www,kcsm.org) Monday—Friday---3pm-4pm---KKJZ-FM (www.kkjz.org) Monday—Friday—3pm-4pm---KUVO-FM (www.kuvo.org) . Monday—Friday---4pm-7:30pm---WBGO-FM (www.wbgo.org) Monday...

12/01/12    Community Articles

TOP TEN JAZZ ALBUMS 2012 BY LARRY RENI THOMAS

TOP TEN JAZZ ALBUMS 2012 BY LARRY RENI THOMAS 1. Be Good—Gregory Porter—Motema Records 2. Freedom Jazz Dance—Cynthia Felton—Felton Ent. 3. Coexist—Winard Harper—Jazz Legacy 4. Afro-Straight—Ernest Dawkins—Delmark 5. Moving Pictures Orchestra—Joe Chambers—Savant...

10/08/12    Community Articles

Duke Performances Presents The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet in Durham October 12-13, 2012! by Larry Reni Thomas

The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, featuring Ambrose on trumpet; Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone; Sam Harris, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; and Justin Brown, drums, will be appearing at the Casbah in Durham, North Carolina, October 12 and 13, 2012. The much...

09/27/12    Community Articles

PREMIERE: AUDIO DOCUMENTARY: THELONIOUS MONK: A GREAT NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ INTELLECTUAL ON SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ WITH LARRY RENI THOMAS ON WCOM-FM 10/7/12

Listen to WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, October 7, 2012, from 9pm to 12 midnight, for The Thelonious Monk Birthday Special with host Larry Reni Thomas. The program will feature three hours of Thelonious Monk’s music and...

09/27/12    Community Articles

PREMIERE: AUDIO DOCUMENTARY: THELONIOUS MONK: A GREAT NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ INTELLECTUAL ON SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ WITH LARRY RENI THOMAS ON WCOM-FM 10/7/12

Listen to WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, October 7, 2012, from 9pm to 12 midnight, for The Thelonious Monk Birthday Special with host Larry Reni Thomas. The program will feature three hours of Thelonious Monk’s music and...

09/17/12    Community Articles

JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY RADIO SPECIAL WITH HOST LARRY RENI THOMAS ON WCOM-FM 9/23/12

Listen to WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, September 23, 2012, from 9pm to 12 midnight, for The John Coltrane Birthday Special with host Larry Reni Thomas. The program will feature three hours of John Coltrane’s music and the...

08/04/12    Community Articles

Second John Coltrane Festival Set For Labor Day 2012 In His Hometown Of High Point, North Carolina! by Larry Reni Thomas

The Friends of John Coltrane of High Point, North Carolina presents the second year of another fine, fun-filled event to honor High Point's pride and joy, This year's concert features The George Duke/ Stanley Clarke Project, Poncho Sanchez, Shemekia Copeland...

08/04/12    Community Articles

The Second John Coltrane Festival Set for September 1, 2012 in Trane's hometown, High Point, NC by Larry Reni Thomas

The Friends of John Coltrane proudly presents the second annual edition of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival! This one is bound to be the best festival on the East Coast and is a perfect way to honor High Point's pride and joy!

06/27/12    Albums

CD Review: Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra (Savant Records) by Larry Reni Thomas

This quite enjoyabe recording displays another side of the very talented historic musician-one if being a composer and a large ensemble leader.

06/14/12    Community Articles

3rd Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival by Larry Reni Thomas

The Earnest Turner Quartet will headline this family-oriented, fun-filled musical afternoon on historic, Ocean City Beach, North Carolina, which was developed by African Americans in the 1940s. The opening act is The Frog Project.

02/23/12    Community Articles

Heath Brothers Homecoming Celebration in Wilmington, North Carolina

Jazz greats Jimmy and Albert Heath will be celebrated as they perform in the place were their father was born and where their famous, big brother, bassist, Percy was also born. It was also where Jimmy played in the high school band and where he first decided...

02/22/12    Community Articles

DEXTER GORDON RADIO SPECIAL WCOM-FM 2/26/12

"Sunday Night Jazz" WCOM-FM, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, 103.5 FM (www.wcomfm.org) presents "Dexter Gordon Radio Special," which three hours of the great saxophonist/composer's music. His step-son, Woody Shaw III, will call the show from New...

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About Larry Reni Thomas

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Larry Reni Thomas is a 30-year veteran writer/radio announcer based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who has worked at seven radio stations and whose journalistic work has appeared in downbeat and The New York Times Magazine.

Thomas was born in 1950 and reared in Wilmington, North Carolina. He began his professional journalistic career in 1978, while he was a history graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, when he assisted Wayne King with a New York Times Magazine article called “The Case Against the Wilmington Ten.” Since then he has written articles, reviews and previews in Downbeat, Jazz Line, The Spectator Magazine, The Urban Journal, The Carolina Times, The Daily Tar Heel,The Independent Weekly, The Wilmington Star News, The Wilmington Journal, Encore Magazine and Reggae Report. He has appeared on "The State of Things" with host Frank Stasio on WUNC-FM, Chapel Hill, NC and Metro Watch with host Gloria Minott on WPFW-FM, Washington, D.C. In 1982, while a jazz announcer at WDBS-FM in Durham, North Carolina, he wrote the liner notes for an album entitled “The Story Teller” by vocalist Bus Brown (Relate Records). Later that year, Thomas published The True Story Behind The Wilmington Ten (a revised edition was published by U.B. & U.S. Books, Hampton, Virginia, in the fall of 1993). His second book, Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!: A Tale of the Wilmington Incident of February 1971 was published February 2006. Larry is currently working on an historical study of The Barn: Wilmington, North Carolina’s Jazz Mecca (1941—1945). He is also the author of "The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan," an exclusive critically-acclaimed article posted on his blog, carolinajazzconnectionwithlarrythomas.blogspot.com,
as well as websites like Women in Jazz South Florida, The Listening Group of D.C. and the Dutch-based keepswinging.blogspot.com. Thomas has also presented his informative historical lecture--The Carolina Jazz Connection with Larry Reni Thomas--at universities, colleges, schools, and public places since 2008.

Thomas is the founder and project director of Larry Thomas & Associates, Inc., a volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt, cultural arts organization, dedicated to the jazz and Caribbean cultures. The primary purpose is to elevate the cultural awareness of the community by propagating, promoting and presenting these two vital, vibrant art forms to the public. Larry was also an active member of the now defunct IAJE, (The International Association for Jazz Education), served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Jazz Network and the Triangle Jazz Society.

Thomas has a M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has done further study at UNC’s graduate school of Journalism. He was a jazz announcer with WHQR-FM, Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1984-1994; station manager of WWIL-AM (1990); an evening jazz announcer, interim station manager, program director and producer for WNCU-FM, Durham, North Carolina from 1995 to 2003 and a jazz announcer at WXYC-FM, WXDU-FM and WCOM-FM. Larry also taught History at Shaw University Cape (1989-94) in Wilmington and Durham, North Carolina, and at Omuteko Gwamaziima, an African-centered charter school in Durham. His interests are writing, reading, traveling, jogging and music. His wife, Candace, is a fiber artist, whose work, "Moonchild" (an abstract portrait of the late jazz pianist/composer Brother Yusuf Salim) appeared as a part of Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition, Contemporary African-American Quilts, at the American Folk Art Museum, New York City in 2009.

Larry Reni Thomas joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 18, 2009