Joe Thomas will be best known while the tenor soloist with Jimmy Lunceford’s Orchestra. He was originally an altoist using Horace Henderson but turned to tenor when he became a member of Stuff Smith’s group. Like a celebrity with Lunceford from 1933 before leader’s loss of life in 1947, Thomas got many brief but often-memorable solos and got many vocals. After Lunceford’s unforeseen loss of life, Thomas and pianist Ed Wilcox went the ghost music group to get a year. Afterwards, Thomas by himself recorded a number of R&B-oriented edges, he still left music in the middle-’50s to perform his father’s commencing business, and through the 1960s on he came back to performing on the part-time basis, slicing a program in 1982 for Uptown. He’s not to end up being confused using the fine golf swing trumpeter Joe Thomas.