Tracy Kash Thomas performs at Mendelssohn Oct. 15

Musician Tracy Kash Thomas will perform for Charlotte’s Web at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Musician Tracy Kash Thomas will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. Charlotte’s Web welcomes this talented performer, and notes the new venue for this event.

Thomas began her musical life as a classical musician. Armed with a bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas — a veritable jazz factory producing musicians such as Lou Marini and Stefan Karlsson — and a master’s degree from the venerable Boston Conservatory, Tracy is an accomplished flutist. Add her impeccable songwriting, arranging and production talents to the mix, and one can see why she is an established musician’s musician in her native Detroit, where she currently lives, as well as in her previous hometown, New York City. Her unique brand of jazz and jazz-influenced rock/pop, thrills live audiences as well as her radio following.

Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, enamored of her classical bent and rock sensibility, invited her on stage as a guest flutist at his 2003 State Theater concert. In 2009, Tracy received a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and has been nominated for numerous others in recent years, including Outstanding Jazz Composer, Modern Jazz Band, R&B Composer, and R&B artist. Her two most recent CDs, There and Back Again and Sound Truth, were both nominated for Detroit Music Awards. Her composition, “Wading in Waiting,” was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2004 Detroit Songwriting Contest, and her original compositions “Make Me Blue” and “One More Day” made the semi-finals in the prestigious 2005 UK Songwriting Contest.

Thomas was a featured performer on the Oxygen Network’s National Tank Tour in New York City. Her song “Home” can be heard on the CD ROM, which accompanies The Complete Idiot’s Guide to MP3. Her extensive media exposure in New York and Detroit includes the nationally-broadcast Mitch Albom Show, and she has done considerable radio and television jingle work nationwide.

Thomas can be heard on the 1999 release of gravelly popular NYC treat, Alan Andrews titled “Cleaned and Pressed.” She plays piano and writes for Detroit’s premier modern big band, The Bridge Project, an outfit featuring music by Michigan composers and arrangers.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; New Outlet: Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to 306 Theodore St., Loves Park, IL 61111. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: (815) 964-2238 or

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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