An Indy native, Jared Thompson is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He began piano at the age of 5 and began studying saxophone at the age of 10. The North Central High School and Denison University alum formed his own jazz quartet Premium Blend in 2007. A mainstay and fan favorite in the Indy area, Thompson performs regularly at The Chatterbox, The Jazz Kitchen and a myriad of venues in the city. Premium Blend has been featured in two national award-winning documentaries “Go Get Your Horn”, and “Chatterbox: A Love Letter.” They have also released two albums “S.O.A.P.(Sum Of All Parts) and “The Road,” and will be released their third album “Vices” in June of 2019. Thompson also performs and writes for the hip-hop band Clint Breeze and The Groove, and has made it his mission to bridge the gap between the traditions of the jazz genre of the 50s-90s with the language and aesthetic of a 21st century listening audience. Thompson also uses his music to encourage his audiences embrace that which is different in all of us, in hopes of demonstrating that music can and does transcend any and all labels that society may force us to subscribe to.