​​The Talent Factory

Saturday, Oct. 22nd @ 7:00 PM

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The Kate Thompson Combo celebrates jazz standards and classic favorites. We love to cover Iowa artists. We frequently partner with local dancers to bring a unique movement element to our performances. In 2021 we received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to help us continue to bring our live performances to all corners of the state.

Kate is a well-known vocalist who has performed in blues/rock groups and jazz bands around Iowa for 20 years. She was a founding company member of the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Arts and starred in many musicals in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.
​Multi-talented instrumentalist Nate Fair is featured on saxophone, keyboard and flute. He can frequently be seen performing with his rock band, Murphy's Law.

Gil McNaughton is bassist and keeper of the rhythm. Our resident choreographer, he is also an instructor at the Robert Thomas Dancenter.

Four time winner of the Iowa State Fair mandolin competition, Steve Hurst plays anything with strings - guitar, mandolin and ukulele. 

Wade Presley plays drum set for the combo. Since his teenage years, he has performed in various bands and musical groups. Most recently, Wade served as a band director in the Nevada School District.