Tribute - Originally a group dedicated to presenting concerts of pivotal jazz  recordings and groups.    

               Now is a jazz quartet based on the concept of the Gerry Mulligan / Chet Baker quartet of

               the 1950’s

The Houston Musicians Real Book (Vol 1) - a compilation of original compositions of some of

                                                                    Houston’s most well know jazz musicians/composers.

                                                                    (Vol 2 in production)

Torture Chamber Ensemble - originally a 15 member group formed in 2007 to perform  new works, funded by the Houston Arts Alliance. The group continues to perform new pieces for solo to 15+ members.

The Core Trio is free improvising ensemble in Houston, Texas.

It features:

                 -Seth Paynter - tenor/soprano saxes, variety of asian flutes, gongs

                                           and EWI(electronic wind instrument)

                 -Joe Hertenstein - drums

                 -Thomas Helton - doublebass

FreeBass Productions

Thomas Helton’s “Birth of the Cool Project” - it is exactly what it sounds like. Concerts presenting        

                                                                        the music from Miles Davis’s album, “Birth of the         


Houston Composers Salon- a regular series that features original chamber pieces followed by a Q&A with the composer and performer. Sponsored by the Houston Composers Alliance.

Boomtown Brass Band - Boomtown is a dedicated traditional New Orleans style jazz band. Focusing on early 20 century dixieland music.

Swing Rendezous - a collaboration between Austin musicians Danielle Reich (vocals), Mark Seale (violin) and Houston based Thomas Helton (bass), Mike Viteri (guitar), Morris Moon (guitar) playing Swing Rendezvous: an Austin-Houston gypsy jazz collaboration performing the music of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the Hot Club of Paris.

Group Acorde came to life with the desire of Roberta, Lindsey, Seth and Thomas to be a group that truly collaborates in all aspects of the creation process. We strive to produce high quality work combining original music and contemporary dance choreography, where all four of the artists conceptualize the works from beginning to end.