Biography

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An emerging saxophonist and music educator on Toronto‘s vibrant music scene, Thomas Steele has had the opportunity to work with Maria Schneider, Gordon Foote, Alex Dean and Colleen Allen, and study with Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson and Tara Davidson, amongst others. 


A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has performed across Canada in both big band and small jazz ensembles. Thomas has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed artists, including trumpeter Tim Hagans, saxophonist and composer Andrew Rathbun, bassist Rich Brown and saxophonist Nick Morgan. You can find Thomas performing in Toronto regularly as a bandleader, as a member of University of Toronto jazz ensembles, or as a sideman. 


An active educator, Thomas offers private music lessons, is a faculty member at the City of Oshawa Arts Resource Centre, is a staff member at the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, and is an Assistant Director with the Durham Jazz Band organization.


Thomas is entering his third year at the University of Toronto,  where he studies Music Education and Jazz Saxophone. Thomas is in the 11 O'Clock Jazz Orchestra directed by Jim Lewis, the Derek Gray Small Jazz Ensemble and studies with 9X JUNO nominated saxophonist Tara Davidson and 2X JUNO award winner Andrew Downing.