is a keyboard & percussion driven trio from Warren, OH with a funky, hard hitting, unique sound all of its own. The combination of Carolyn’s soulful, virtuosic voice & poetic lyricism and Clay’s aggressive, jazz-influenced piano playing makes a fresh blend of original music that marries the beauty of classical, the harmonies of jazz, & the hard edge of rock.
The keyboard driven trio fuses the sonic landscape of bands like The Doors & Jefferson Airplane with the more eclectic, electronic sounds of modern bands like Florence + the Machine, Glass Animals, & MGMT. Three part harmonies, flute solos, & unusual synth sounds help make up the Black Wolf & the Thief sound, both in original songs as well as covers.
Black Wolf & the Thief
Carolyn Colley vocals & flute
Carolyn is from Warren, Ohio. She is a stay at home mom, often singing to baby Boaz. She has been singing her whole life in school choirs, church choirs, and local theater. She spent a year touring the country with the performance group, Re-Creation USA, Inc. where she received extensive vocal and dance training. She also sings for The Big Nasty, and has performed as a vocalist with other groups including The Dave Banks Big Band & Saved by the 90s.
Jason Detec percussion
Jason is the first drummer for BWT to not be named Brian/Bryan. He studied percussion performance at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. For many years Jason worked as a percussion instructor and music arranger for multiple school band programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He currently works at the Music&Arts store in Canfield, OH as the lesson coordinator. He lives in Niles, Ohio with his wife Jessica and three children Micah, Nora, and Lydia.
Clay Colley keys & vocals
Clay is from Warren, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a Master’s degree in jazz composition from the Dana School of Music at YSU. He spends most of his time teaching his private music studio, Claybird Studios, but he's also the piano instructor at Thiel College, works as a church music director, and a freelance musician; playing various styles of music from jazz to pop to classical, performing with other local bands and Piano Maniacs dueling pianos. He also composes and arranges all the music for the The Big Nasty and is the staff vocal arranger for Re-Creation USA, Inc. (Here's his website.)
Ed Monroe sound wizard
Ed holds a BSEE from VA Tech and now resides in Cortland, Ohio. His day job is in engineering for an automotive components supplier, where he has four patents and numerous design awards including membership in the Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been moonlighting as a sound tech for over 35 years.
Batman had Alfred, 007 had Q, and BWT has "Mr. E" providing the toys and tools for their adventures!