Phillip “JazzDad” Thomas and The Forever Miles Band Perform Aug. 23 at “Free Fridays” Concert Series


The Forever Miles band featuring vocalist Phillip "JazzDad" Thomas will play at “Free Fridays” Concert Series at Bo Diddley Plaza on Friday Aug. 23.

Phillip Thomas is a professional vocalist based out of Gainesville, Florida. Singing and playing the drums in the church choir from the age of four, music has been his lifelong passion. Known mainly as a smooth jazz/R&B singer, Thomas also performs many other genres of music such light rock/pop, country, Top 40, R&B and soul. He has traveled across the country and abroad, performing at various venues and jazz festivals, while accompanying Grammy Award-winning jazz artists on stage.

In addition to Thomas (vocals), The Forever Miles Band consists of Leonard Jackson (keys/vocals), Ray Minter (guitar), Javell Woods (bass) and the heartbeat of the band CJ Watts (drums). At their “Free Fridays” concert, you can expect to hear many genres of music with covers of The Temptations, James Taylor, The Steve Miller Band, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and more, all infused with a smooth jazz twist.

"Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at  The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.