Thomas Doggett has been an active performer and educator for over 20 years and enjoys all styles of music.
Thomas began 2013 by performing in Gent, Belgium at the 3rd European Clarinet Festival with his wife Cynthia. The Duo performed Mad Rush to the End by composer Charles Savage. Mad Rush was the first of many works written for Thomas and Cynthia.
Tommy plays a TM Custom tenor saxophone designed by Randy Jones at Tenor Madness and an EWI4000s: Electronic Wind Instrument by AKAI.
Tommy’s teachers include Greg Banaszak and Bob Reynolds
In 2008, Tommy became a member of Corey Taylor’s Junk Beer Kidnap Band. Throughout 2009, JBKB performed at clubs and festivals including Rockfest in Kansas City, Lazerfest in Des Moines, End of the Summer Scorcher in Phoenix and the Key Club in LA.
At the beginning of 2011, Tommy joined the Free Style Variety Band. Prior to that, Tommy regularly performed with Des Moines’ premier R&B/Funk group One Nite Stand.
Tommy is featured on Cleo's Apartment's 2010 release: Off At The Shoulders and the 2012 Axis Manifest film production: Flick
Thomas was an ASCAPlus Award recipient in 2006 and 2007.
As an educator, Thomas has taught at Muskingum College, Ohio University-Zanesville, Kent State, Hiram College, Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, College of Mount St. Joseph, South-Western Community College and Central College.
Originally hailing from Covington, Kentucky, Tommy established himself throughout Cincinnati, Ohio as a performer with Lo-Fi (2006 Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) nominee "Best Funk”), The 4Track All-Stars (2005 CEA: Best Hip-Hop) and Two Turntables and a Saxophone (“One of the Top bands to see at Midpoint Music Festival in 2004” Citybeat).
So, what’s going on with me today: I’m back on Twitter after a much needed vacation. It turns out I’ve missed some events like Christian McBride performing in Des Moines. Super bummed about that one. I wasn’t in the loop about the Stone Sour show announcement at Wooly’s. Both shows sold out before I could do anything. I did learn about Bob Reynold’s master class at Rieman’s music on November 3rd and that same night Charlie Hunter is playing at BBC with Amos Lee opening. I’m super excited about that day. I also found out that Branford Marsalis is performing in Ames on November 11th!
In technology, one of my LaCie hard drives stopped working yesterday. The one with my recordings, Native Instruments’ libraries and all things Music Software. Oh well. My saxophone is safe from getting lost on a hard drive.
I’ve bought my ticket and I’m making plans for my trip to The Netherlands and Belgium in January. I’m going to hang with my niece in Utrecht for a week and then meet up with my wife, who is performing at the European Clarinet Festival, in Ghent. I’m taking my tenor and I hope to jam with as many musicians as I can while I am there.
I’m going to get back to practicing. xoxoxo
Click on the link to view Monday’s performance on the Heather and Lou Show on KCWI with Freestyle Band promoting our Jazz In July in concert.
It’s a three-hour morning program. We play at 2:19:00 and again at 2:31:50.
Hey DSM! I’ll be on Channel 23 KCWI Lou&Heather show tomorrow w/Freestyle promoting our Jazz In July concert. We go on at 8:20am
Mark your calendars now for July 14! Des Moines native L.K. Hickman will premiere her much anticipated independent film, “FLICK”, at midnight. This sure to be cult-classic was shot on location in Des Moines and features Iowa’s own Grant Monohon and upcoming talent Nicole Rae. The story centers around young artist Sonny Graves who returns home to his troubled past and hidden habits. The film unfolds over one night. Catalyzed unknowingly by a violet cigarette lighter belonging to an ethereal young woman that enlightens the past and transforms the future.
Come meet the director and some of the cast and crew at a premiere reception at Mar’s Cafe at 10 pm on Saturday, July 14. The film follows at midnight here at the Varsity. Admission is $5.00 and the film is approximately 40 minutes.
The track Bronx by Cleo’s Apartment is featured in the film. Of all of the recordings I’ve done, I’m most proud of Bronx. I recorded it in 2007 and it has appeared on a couple of Cleo’s releases. This is the first song I’ve ever been a part of to appear in a movie. I’m super excited!!!!