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Baltimorean Gary Thomas is world-class jazz saxophonist
Baltimorean Gary Thomas is world-class jazz saxophonist

Amid the clatter of cutlery, the whir of a blender grinding ice and the conversational hum of an upscale Charles Village restaurant on a Friday night, two musicians playing a flute and electric guitar are levitating through John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." The customers at Gertrude's have no idea of the pedigree of the performers providing the background music for their crab cake dinners. That tall, elegant black man on the flute? That's Baltimorean Gary Thomas, widely acknowledged as one of the best saxophone players in the world. "Gary Thomas is my very favorite living player of the tenor saxophone, bar none," said the celebrated drummer Ralph...

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