Jack Thomas Ankenbruck, known professionally as Jack Thomas, is a drummer, vocalist, band leader, and producer based in Nashville, TN. A native of Fort Wayne, IN, Jack grew up playing music and a variety of instruments. He counts his influences as Steve Jordan, David Garibaldi, Steve Gadd, Jim Gordon, Al Jackson Jr. among others. As a highly sought after sideman, Jack has shared the stage with the likes of Cole Swindell, Tyler Jordan, Ali Ryerson, Steve Rudolph, Brian McComas, and others. Jack is currently touring with Monument Records artist, Teddy Robb. In addition, Jack has appeared on recordings for a variety of artists within Nashville and abroad. He continues to produce and work with songwriters when his demanding touring schedule allows.
"I grew up with my Dad's record collection—Earth, Wind & Fire, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton—and a steady diet of '90s-00's radio; John Mayer, Maroon 5, etc. I was always playing along to records in my room."
While Jack is predominantly known as a drummer, he fronts his own band that performs weekly at the famed Second Fiddle on Nashville's Lower Broadway. He also has hosted 'The Blue Plate Special' airing on WBOI since 2012. The show airs weekly highlighting the best of American Rhythm and Blues.
2010 Downbeat Award for Best Jazz Combo Recording
2010 Detroit Jazz Festival opening for Tower of Power
2021 Bash on the Bay opening for Keith Urban
2022 CMAFest Performances with Teddy Robb