*Nu-Jazz soprano and tenor saxophonist Butch Thomas, known as the lead saxophonist for “Sting” has signed to the Spectra Jazz division of Spectra Records™ U.S./Canada.

Spectra, home to such performers as Lou Gramm (former lead singer for Foreigner), eighties group Cutting Crew, Robbie Dupree, Gregory Abbott, Paul Young, Orleans and Magni Asgeirsson of CBS Television’s Rockstar: Supernova is now including a jazz division which will include progressive performers of various styles and nationalities.

The 30-year veteran performer has toured and recorded with the late Jaco Pastorius, Thomas Dolby, Lenny Kravitz, rock group Living Colour, singer/songwriter Sting, and even filmed episodes on FOX Television’s popular detective series “New York Undercover” (appearing on the show as a regular in “Natalie’s” nightclub segments) released his latest EP worldwide entitled “Caribbean Woman” on July 13, 2010.

The EP includes: The Wings of Time, You Dig?, Caribbean Woman, Ooga Booga, and All That You Do, all written and produced by Thomas.

Musical personnel on the “Caribbean Woman” project (in addition to Butch Thomas) are drummers, Erik Stams and David Gwynne; guitarists, Henry Defoe and Derek Sivers; and bass player, Jason Rogers.

Claiming residence in the United Kingdom after completing touring with Sting, Thomas returned to the United States in 2008 where he performed in such venues as “The Venue” in Clearwater, Florida and both the “Iridium Jazz Club” and the “Blue Note” in New York. There he was music director for various Jaco Pastorius tributes (Jacofests) along with benefits for Sting’s Rainforest Foundation. His ensembles for these events included noted musicians such as, Kenwood Dennard, Alex Foster, Lou Soloff, Lou Marini, singer Corey Glover and many others.

For more information on Butch Thomas and the new artists at Spectra Jazz, please visit www.spectrajazz.com.

Cornelius White