Word on the Street

Read what some of the greats in the industry have to say about Willie and Jazz Everyone.

“Willie Thomas is an international treasure! As a swinging modern jazz trumpet player, Willie is simply one of the all-time best, and the really cool thing is that he can articulate to musicians of all ages and abilities exactly how this jazz language is learned and assimilated. Uncle Willie has no equal and is loved madly by all of us in the jazz community. Everything you need to get your scene together is right here.”

Steve Wiest

Multiple Grammy-nominated Composer
Trombonist Director of The One O’ Clock Lab Band, University of North Texas
Coordinator of the 21st Century Music Initiative at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music

“I offer kudos to ‘Cousin’ Willie Thomas for his wonderfully evolving jazz study program on his “Jazz Everyone” web site. We have been friends, colleagues and band mates going back to the 1960’s performing with Slide Hampton Octet. I highly recommend his contribution to all who aspire to learn this great art from Jazz.”

Dr. Larry Ridley

Bassist Extraordinaire
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

“Willie Thomas has been a driving force in jazz education ever since he took up the trumpet. Willie can play! And when he plays, he shows the joy of music. And, he can teach. He’s an all-around great player and educator. He’s the type person who can change people’s lives through music. Willie is an American hero.”

Jamey Aebersold

Internationally renowned jazz educator

“Willie has been a foot soldier for jazz education for more than 40 years. He has been responsible for helping literally thousands of young and even experienced jazz artists develop their craft. I personally have learned so much from Willie and have applied his teaching techniques to my students as well. His concepts are the culmination of more than fifty years of being in the vanguard of the jazz world. Simply put, Willie Thomas is the best!”

Dr. Ron McCurdy

Professor of Music, University of Southern California

“Willie Thomas is one of the hippest and most creative musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. His system is extremely well thought out, organized, and simple to grasp. By using his ideas beginning jazz musicians can immediately start to come up with simple lines that are logical and extremely musical. Uncle Willie is a musical treasure!”

Gary Smulyan

Winner of 2009, 2011, 2014 & 2015 Downbeat critic’s poll for best baritone saxophone

“I love Willie Thomas and his teaching methods! He’s brilliant. Maybe if I’d met him at age 8 instead of 37, I’d have become a player instead of a writer!”

Maria Schneider

Arranger, Composer, Big Band Leader
Multi Grammy Award Winner

“It’s impossible to overstate how much I’m impressed with Willie’s improvisation teaching concepts! Finally a common sense based, progressive method applicable to all levels from beginner to advanced professional. I’ve picked up quite a number of things to practice myself on the Jazz Everyone site! Highly recommended for all!”

Brian Lynch

Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter/Composer/Bandleader
Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet, Frost School Of Music