WALTER "FOOTS" THOMAS

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Reed specialist, arranger and sometimes bandleader Walter "Foots" Thomas retired from fulltime playing in 1948, then became a professional manager whose specialty could easily have been coaching players on the art of amassing discographies capable of encircling Atlantic City's Trump Plaza. Thomas hailed from Muskogee, Oklahoma, a point of interest in connection with country and western star Merle Haggard's famous lyric, "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee." Nonetheless, one of Muskogee native Thomas' most famous sideman affiliations was with Cab Calloway of "Reefer Man" fame.

This artist is the brother of Joe Thomas, also a noted classic jazz reed player who eventually took over the Jimmie Lunceford band. Older than his brother by a year, Walter Thomas began playing with local bands as a college student. He moved to New York City in 1927 and began working with the famed Jelly Roll Morton less than a year later. Thomas joined the
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