Photograph by Patricia Moscardo


Thomas Pol in America
September 27th, 2016


Thomas Pol - Upright and electric bass | John Maestas - Guitar, effects (1-4) | Joshua Starkman - Guitar (1-4) | Jeronne Ansari - Alto and soprano sax (1-4) | Peter Varnado - Drums (1-4) | Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson - Alto sax (5-8) | Jamison Ross - Drums, vocals (8) | Ed Perkins - Vocals (5,6) | Victor Atkins - Piano (5-8) | Brian Seeger - Guitar (9-12) | Stanton Moore - Drums (9-12)


1. Home / 2. Second To Last / 3. Not The Same / 4. Goddamn / 5. Easy Credit (feat. Wess Warmdaddy Anderson & Jamison Ross) / 6. Clean Air (feat. Wess Warmdaddy Anderson & Jamison Ross) / 7. The Black Cat (feat. Wess Warmdaddy Anderson & Jamison Ross) / 8. Don't Go to Strangers (feat. Wess Warmdaddy Anderson & Jamison Ross) / 9. Humid (feat. Stanton Moore) / 10. Secret Gardener (feat. Stanton Moore) / 11. The Letter J (feat. Stanton Moore) / 12. Pol Dance (feat. Stanton Moore)


Thomas Pol is a Rotterdam-based bass player who is well known in the Dutch and international scene. His spontaneous, strong and grooving style is what defines him as a player. As a sideman he is the strong foundation an ensemble needs and as a leader he shows great potential with his debut album on it’s way.

Thomas was raised in a very musical family. At age four, he started playing violin and at age ten he started playing the upright bass. He began his studies at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where his talent and dedication were well received. In his 3rd, year he was approached by Hein van de Geyn (bassist/jazz coordinator/teacher) to follow an exchange program in New Orleans, home of  jazz. During his time at Codarts and UNO, he shared the stage with an impressive amount of well-known musicians such as Ellis Marsalis, Benjamin Herman, Herlin Riley, John Engels, Stanton Moore, Ack van Rooyen, Randy Brecker, Steve Masakowski, Caro Emerald, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Harmen Fraanje, Gregory Porter, Johnny Vidacovich, Peter Beets, Jamison Ross, Wouter Hamel, Nicholas Payton, Peter Bernstein and countless others.

In 2013 he was awarded a Fulbright, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Van den Ende and UNO distinguished musical scholarship to follow the masters program at UNO for 2 years. During that time he studied classical music, arranged for orchestra, worked his way deeper in the scene, started his career as a bandleader and recorded his first album which will be released in the spring.Thomas is currently back home in the Netherlands working on his own project, debut CD and teaching workshops about New Orleans.



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New music spotlight: Thomas Pol

Authored by: Chris Saucier / Published on: December 27th, 2016 / WWOZ

University of New Orleans Distinguished Musical Scholarship recipient and bassist Thomas Pol features a collection of original compositions and collaboration on his new release, In America. The album features three different groups that engage the listener in a well thought out way... READ MORE


November 3th, 2016 | By: Rinus Van Der Heijden |

Thomas Pol is a Dutch bass player and bass player who spent two years in New Orleans and the two experiences captured on the CD Thomas Pol - In America. The showy cover - a variation on the famous American poster "I Want You For US Army"... READ MORE