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New Video - Recorded Live at the US Navy Memorial June, 2015

Mike Thornton and the Jay Cooley Quartet

1. Real Audio My Romance
2. Real Audio How High The moon
3. Real Audio It's You or No One
4. Real Audio Tenderly
5. Real Audio I've Got You Under My Skin
6. Real Audio Caravan
7. Real Audio I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter
8. And I Love Her
9. When I Look In Your Eyes
10. A Lot of Livin' To Do
11. Joy Spring
12. You Go To My Head
13. Real Audio Traffic Jam

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Mike Thornton - Vocalist
Powerful and caressing, versatile and fluid, Mike Thornton can be daring and calculating in the same phrase. From his well-crafted scat solo on Joyspring, to the final note held to almost a whisper on When I Look In Your Eyes, Thornton shows his versatility. Every facet of this effort, from the initial planning to the inventive ideas for the arrangements to the mixing process, were co-conceptualized by Mike.

Joining Mike on this record is a line-up of Washington players well known to many of you. Paul Langosch, (who sometimes works with that other singer, the inestimable Tony Bennett) lends his very polished presence and deep groove to the music. Paul was a huge part of the production. His common sense and knowledge of the studio left his stamp on every aspect of the album. What can you say about Mike Smith, dean of Washington jazz drummers. Mike came to play, not talk. To me, he’s the best. Keep playing Mr. Smith, we hear your voice loud and clear. We are very pleased to have everyone's favorite reed man, Bruce Swaim in the house. Check out his explosive duet with Mike Smith on the opening of Caravan. We are also graced with the presence of Steve Abshire on guitar. We call him “the Reverend”, which will be self-explanatory upon hearing his work here. Dig his incredible funky groove on Traffic Jam, and his lovely lyrical solo accompaniment to Thornton on You Go To My Head. So here's Mike Thornton, jazz musician. I hope you will enjoy listening to this album as much as we loved making it. - Jay Cooley

Jay Cooley, besides being a accomplished soloist, is a supportive, extremely knowledgeable jazz-artist and a collaborative player. His extensive understanding of classic jazz song-style not only brings the feel of a song to life, it also helps define it for the singer. The subtle artistry of Jay’s solos and rhythmic layering of his comping is the cornerstone of our project. It’s no small compliment to say that Jay’s patience for a singer-getting-back-to-it (been out of jazz for 15 years) and his co-arranging ability have empowered me to explore my inner-musical style. Jay defines the humble jazz gentleman of another era, and his classy style, both personally and musically, is contagious . - Mike Thornton.

"Mr. Thornton has the ability to take his crowd on a journey through 20th Century Jazz; quoting works by the great ones….Joe Williams, Al Jarreau, Mark Murphy, Mel Torme and others…" -