Larry Reni Thomas, a native of Wilmington, NC, is a writer, radio announcer, and lecturer based in Chapel Hill. His articles appeared in Downbeat and The New York Times. He is the author of The True Story Behind The Wilmington Ten (KHA Books, 1993) and Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!: A Fictional Account of The Wilmington Ten Incident of February 1971 (KHA Books, 2006). Thomas wrote The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan, an article about Helen Morgan, who killed jazz trumpeter, in 1972. The book was published in 2014. Thomas' lecture, The Carolina Jazz Connection with Larry Thomas, was presented at schools, colleges, universities, libraries, and public places, since 2008. He was named Jazz Hero in 2014 by The Jazz Journalists Association; received the Fifth Annual Donald Meade Legacy Jazz Griot Award at The Jazz Education Network conference in 2016, and has been a Downbeat jazz critic since 2012. Thomas is also the host of “Sunday Night Jazz” on WCOM-FM, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC.