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Houston's reputation for developing first-class jazz acts is well-established, as a stream of young players has been distinguishing themselves for decades... among those musicians and mentors who stood tallest, Bubbha Thomas was no exception (and a major key-player) in this long tradition of talent. Before becoming an artist and educator, Bubbha Thomas (born 1937) was a Fourth Ward kid who grew up in a music-filled household. In High School, he divided his time between music & basketball (he excelled at both) and studied with jazz legend Conrad "Prof" Johnson. "Prof" would later bring jazz glory to Texas with the Kashmere Stage Band, the group of teenagers who would win the "Best High School Stage Band In The Nation" prize in Mobile, Alabama in 1972 and who were anthologized in 2006 on Now-Again's 'Thunder Soul' (which led to the 2010 Jamie Foxx documentary of the same name).