Established in 2020 by long-time friends and musical collaborators Tom Fell (saxophone) and Rachael Thoms (voice), The Fringe of Squaredom play jazz in its many forms.

Their mission is to bring together the region’s finest musicians to present unparalleled excellence in jazz performance in the nation’s capital. 

Regular players include: 

  • Hugh Barrett (piano)
  • James Luke (double bass)
  • Chris Thwaite (drums)

Special guests include:

  • Sinuhe Pacheco (Brazilian percussionist) 
  • Ben Marston (trumpet)
  • Lachlan Coventry (guitar)
  • Luke Glanville (drums) 

From a New York jazz club to the streets of New Orleans, the Fringe of Squaredom will transform any event or special occasion. 



Latin Nights: Jazz from Brazil & Beyond

The music of Cuba and Brazil has influenced and infused jazz since the 1940s. Featuring special guest and master conga player Sinuhe Pacheco, this concert showcases the Latin jazz tradition in all its vibrancy.

West Coast Cool: the Music of Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker  

 West Coast jazz emerged in the 1950s in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Featuring laid- back melodies and a chamber aesthetic, it came to represent cool modernism. Led by Tom Fell on baritone saxophone and with special guests, this concert showcases the music of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, both synonymous with the west coast sound.

Jazz Divas: Sarah, Ella, Billie & Beyond 

Join renowned vocalist Rachael Thoms as she delivers a sophisticated performance of songs by the great jazz singers of the last century. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and more. A concert not to be missed by lovers of the sung jazz tradition.

Money Jungle: When Mingus met Duke 

Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington are two of the giants of jazz composition. This concert explores their music and their sometimes tumultuous (but always fascinating!) relationship. Featuring special guests. 

In Blue

The blues is a feeling, a song form, and a cultural phenomenon. Join the Fringe of Squaredom as they pay homage to the pain, the joy, and the struggle that is the heart and soul of jazz


New Orleans: Street Party 

The American Songbook: reimagined standards 

Jaco & Joni: inspired by Shadows & Light live concert 


Contact us for a custom event or ambient background jazz:

Duos, Trios and Quartets available.