Gary Thomas is a jazz saxophone player who has helped to pioneer the instrument through a post Coltrane world. He is a musician of frightening talent, creativity, stature, and most importantly, work ethic.
I have a small arsenal of Gary Thomas practice habit stories that I hit my students with when they are being lazy. For instance: Gary Thomas only sleeps four hours a night and listens to his metronome while he cooks dinner.
In short, Gary Thomas is dominant musician who commands the room when he plays – it's almost scary. Today's video is a performance from 1993 alongside Jack DeJohnette (drummer) that begins with Gary knocking down the mic stand and ends with your jaw on the ground.