An emerging saxophonist and music educator on Toronto‘s vibrant music scene, Thomas Steele has had the opportunity to connect with some of North America’s finest faces in jazz. From working with Maria Schneider, Gordon Foote, Alex Dean and Colleen Allen, to studying with Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson and Tara Davidson, amongst others.
A saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Thomas has enjoyed performance opportunities through both big band and small jazz ensembles. He has participated in a variety of music festivals across Toronto, ON, and Montreal, QC, leading to invitations to perform across North America, from Niagara Falls, ON, to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Thomas has had the opportunity to perform with nationally acclaimed artists, including bassist Rich Brown and saxophonist Nick Morgan.
Acting as a band leader, Thomas enjoys to perform with a variety of instrumentalists, combining many different horns, vocalists, and rhythm section musicians in his ensembles. 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 on saxophones and woodwinds and offers instruction on the topics of music theory and ear training. He is a public music instructor at the Arts Resource Centre through the City of Oshawa, has three years of experience as a counsellor with the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, and is an Assistant Director with the Durham Jazz Band organization.
Thomas is in his second 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.