Larry Reni Thomas

Larry Reni’s Contributions

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04/07/14    Community Articles

THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN AUTHOR ON WRFG-FM ATLANTA 4/19/14

Larry Reni Thomas, the author of the recently published book, The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan, (KHA Books) will be interviewed on "Straight No Chaser", WRFG-FM (www.wrfg.org), Atlanta, Georgia, April 19, 2014, 10:00 am (EDT) by host Lovelle Hooks. Thomas will...

03/12/14    Community Articles

NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH KICK-OFF: BOOK SIGNING AT THE FLYLEAF BOOK STORE, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA: THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN by LARRY RENI THOMAS

BOOK SIGNING AT THE FLYLEAF BOOK STORE, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA: THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN by LARRY RENI THOMAS BOOK SIGNING: THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN by LARRY RENI THOMAS APRIL 5, 2014 The Flyleaf Book Store, Chapel Hill, North Carolina The Flyleaf...

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02/28/14    Community Articles

PREVIEW: SUPPORT THE ART OF THE COOL MUSIC FESTIVAL! by LARRY RENI THOMAS

Chapel Hill, North Carolina---I am a very fortunate jazz junkie because my father was a serious Count Basie fan, who also enjoyed listening to Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck and other jazz giants. When he came home...

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02/27/14    Community Articles

GRAMMY WINNER PIANIST CHIP CRAWFORD COMES HOME! by LARRY RENI THOMAS

Pianist Albert “Chip” Crawford, a Raleigh, North Carolina native, who has recently been touring the world as a vital, vibrant part of the band that backs up the very popular vocalist, Gregory Porter, is coming home for a performance at Duke University, Durham...

01/25/14    Community Articles

ESSAY: THE HISTORY OF JAZZ BY LARRY RENI THOMAS

HISTORY OF JAZZ BY LARRY RENI THOMAS 1620—1865—SLAVE AMERICAN---GOSPEL MUSIC 1865—1900—FREED AMERICAN---BLUES MUSIC 1900—1945—NEGRO AMERICAN---JAZZ 1945—PRESENT--BLACK AMERICAN--MODERN JAZZ The history of jazz is an easy one because it traces the phases...

01/18/14    Community Articles

BOOK SIGNING: THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN by LARRY RENI THOMAS 2/21/14

Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina, presents a book signing, February 21, 2014, at 7 pm, featuring Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based writer/radio announcer, Larry Reni Thomas, who will sign copies and talk about his latest book...

01/16/14    Community Articles

The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan (book) by Larry Reni Thomas

MEDIA RELEASE: KHA BOOKS (www.black-e-books.com) is proud to announce the publication of the exclusive story of Helen Morgan: THE LADY WHO SHOT LEE MORGAN by LARRY RENI THOMAS. Contact: H. Khalif Khalifah, khalifah1@khabooks.com P.O. Box 9, Drewryville...

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12/07/13    Community Articles

LARRY RENI THOMAS TOP TEN JAZZ 2013

PEOPLE MUSIC—Christian McBride and Inside Straight—Mack Avenue Records MILES DAVIS MONO—Miles Davis—Columbia BRAND NEW DAY—Brian Horton—Doc8Music TOOTIE’S TEMPO—Al “Tootie” Heath—Sunnyside FROM BEHIND ENEMY LINES--Larry Price/Dr. Leonard King--Price Port...

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10/08/13    Community Articles

"CAROLINA JAZZ CONNECTION WITH LARRY THOMAS" LECTURE IN GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA ON OCTOBER 17, 2013!

The Carolina Jazz Connection with Larry Thomas, a lecture about the fact that there are over 75 native North Carolina jazz musicians, will take place October 17, 2013, at 7:00 pm, at The Wayne County Arts Council, 102 North John Street, Goldsboro, North...

10/07/13    Community Articles

GRAMMY-NOMINATED JAZZ GREAT JOE CHAMBERS TO APPEAR IN THE NCCU JAZZ FESTIVAL ON NOVEMBER 17, 2013! by LARRY RENI THOMAS

"Retire? You don't retire from jazz . Some cats have died on the bandstand," said drummer and educator Joe Chambers, during a phone interview from his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. "By the same token. I don't have the desire to play the drums behind...

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10/02/13    Community Articles

THE JOE CHAMBERS RADIO SPECIAL ON WCOM-FM ON NOVEMBER 17, 2013!

Listen to "Sunday Night Jazz" November 17, 2013, 9pm-12mid, on WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), 103.5 FM, for THE JOE CHAMBERS RADIO SPECIAL, a three hour long program, featuring Chambers's music and an interview with the twice Grammy-nominated legendary musician...

07/20/13    Community Articles

Preview: The Triangle North Carolina 2013-2014-Jazz Season by Larry Reni Thomas

The busy, expanding, thoroughly-satisfying jazz scene in what is called the “Triangle” area of the Piedmont section of North Carolina just keeps getting better and better. Who needs the New York or the D.C. jazz scene when everybody seems to be coming this...

07/15/13    Community Articles

Third Annual John Coltrane Jazz Festival In His Hometown Of High Point, North Carolina by Larry Reni Thomas

The Friends of John Coltrane, Inc., a High Point, North Carolina-based arts organization, presents, The Third Annual John Coltrane International Jazz And Blues Festival, August 31, 2013, from 1 pm to 10 pm, at Oak Hollow Park, 1841 Eastchester Drive, in...

07/11/13    Community Articles

LEE MORGAN RADIO SPECIAL AT WCOM-FM

Listen to “Sunday Night Jazz,” with host Larry Reni Thomas, on WCOM-FM (www.wcomfm.org), Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina, July 14, 2013, from 9pm-12midnight, for A LEE MORGAN BIRTHDAY SPECIAL. The program will feature three hours of Morgan’s music and...

06/03/13    Community Articles

Gregory Porter Serves Spoleto Splendidly

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA--"How does it feel to be the hottest cat out here, Gregory Porter? I mean you are working all over the place. You are here in Charleston for two nights (May 24 and 25) at Spoleto Festival. You are going to be at The Playboy Jazz...

04/23/13    Community Articles

The 4th Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival

The Fourth Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival by Larry Reni Thomas The 4th Annual Ocean City Beach (NC) Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 5 pm until 8 pm. Scheduled performers will include vocalist Kim Pacheo with Richard Harris...

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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