Jim has been playing jazz flute for many years. He began as a classically-trained musician and has evolved over the years to focus on Jazz because of his love of improvisation and playing with Jazz musicians who share this passion. For Jim, Transitionz is, in part, about making a life change from a professional career to music. For the group, TranzitionzJazz is about bringing together several well-known pieces that blend into each other. Some of the music is about transitioning from one song to another and back again. His goal for the group is to make beautiful, entertaining and interesting Jazz music together for everyone to enjoy. Join Jim Thomas on facebook and support the vision for TranzitionzJazz.
Jasmin Bailey is one of Toronto's top professional jazz vocalists. She first started singing at a young age, gracing the stage of churches and concert halls. Throughout her teen years, she was known as (The Wedding Singer) and also performed at Banquets and Galas. Her singing voice eventually took her from Gospel and R&B to Jazz, as she began working with some of Toronto's top professional recording Producers. She's worked on projects at recording studios such as Studio 92, Thunder Dome Sounds, including The Canterbury Music Company where she did her first jingle for Credit Canada, entitled Reverse The Blues / Credit Canada Debt Solutions Inc.
Richard first started playing classical piano when he was seven. Although he always loved playing, he didn't take it seriously until he started studying jazz with Ted Moses when he was a teenager. Ted also mentored Richard in the skills of composition and arranging. He made his first $100.00 from music while in high school by receiving an award at the Canadian Stage Band Festival for a composition he wrote for the school jazz combo. He has now been playing and recording music professionally for 30 years. At 19 Richard started playing in professional bands around Toronto, most of which played R’n’B and top 40 music. Over the last two decades he has played and/or recorded with a number of artists including: Hell + High Water, The Mighty Pope, Jane Child, 3 plus 3, Morris Albert, Errol Star, Joe Johnson, J. Douglas.
These days Richard is performing with his wife, Jasmin Bailey: Nati Haile (Ethiopean pop singer)http://www.ethiotube.net/video/9740/BEKA--Nati-Hailes-New-Album-2010-Out-Now Little Peter and the Elegants http://www.littlepeterandtheelegants.com/ In his early 20’s Richard got involved in Toronto’s studio scene working almost exclusively at Studio 92 with 100’s of independent acts as an engineer, producer composer and player. For the past 7 years Richard has been working out of his home studio. Some recent projects have been:
1) Orchestrating and co-producing and playing all the instruments for the musical “Pigment” by Stephen Geddes http://www.stephen-geddes.com/musical-samples
2) Co-writing, Producing,and playing all instruments of “The Funkin Art Souls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-zZoAude80
3) Recording Karen Jewels http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Karen-Jewels
4) Composing the song Perfect Day with Grenville Pinto http://www.gpinto.com/music.php