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Edition, adaptation and comment by Toni Basanta from Fairfax, Vermont, USA
Born in Colón, Panamá, Renato Thoms began his music training at the Conservatory of the National University of Heredia in Costa Rica.
After earning a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Berklee College of Music where he received a musical merit scholarship, Renato received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at The Boston Conservatory in 1998.
He also received the Berklee College of Music Professional Performance Division Latin Percussion Award for Outstanding Musical Ability in the Area of Latin Percussion Performance, was awarded Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and was a finalist in the 2000 Thelonius Monk Hand Drum Competition.
Renato has performed with numerous well-regarded Latin Jazz musicians and ensembles, including Rubén Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Pérez, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Lucien, Sol y Canto, Paquito D’Rivera, Victor Mendoza, Antonio Hart, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Hilton Ruiz, Misha Tsiganov, Victor Rendon, Dave Valentin, Alex Brown, Arturo Sandoval, The Cotton Club Latin All Stars, and Bobby Sanabria, for just mentioning a few.
In addition to the Latin and Jazz idioms, Renato enjoys playing a variety of percussion styles including Classical, Pop and R & B which has allowed him to be in different arenas such as being a cast member-musician of the 2005 Broadway production of the Mambo Kings and playing the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden with Ricky Martin.
His recording credits include Eric Reed, Antonio Hart, Harvie Swartz, Edú Tancredi, Hilton Ruiz, The Boston Pops an The George Gee Swing Big Band.
As an educator, Renato is a lecturer of Latin American percussion at Carnegie Hall.
He has lectured and taught master classes at Holy Cross University, Rutgers University, LaGuardia Community College, Princeton University, The Crane School of Music and Conservatorio Superior de Música in Spain.
Renato conducts and directs the After School Afro-Caribbean Percussion Programs at Wingspan Arts and PS87 and is very active in the NYC recording scene.
I listened to RENATO THOMBS for the first time via The George Gee Swing Big Band playing the Music of Frank Foster under his direction, in a catchy and danceable version of Don Mario Bauza ‘s Mambo Inn contained in the album SETTING THE PACE recorded in 2004.
Although I had never heard his name before, I could appreciate that his musical background was really high as he played his congas very, very well.
In my radio show, THE CUBAN BRIDGE last SUNDAY April 30th, celebrating The International Day of JAZZ, The George Gee Swing Big Band was in my playlist in 5 Songs, three of them ft. triple threat master LANCE BRYANT singing blues, playing the tenor sax and as an arranger, and also singer CARLA COOK.
Now, it’s a real pleasure to make a posting featuring this lines about his open minded artistic vision.
In a second posting, I’ll share some of his photos related to the things that happen in the life a good percussionist living in New York City.
CONGRATS for Renato Thoms.
Photo : Renato Thoms with Norbert Statchel and Michael O’Brien
DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio and on television