There’s nothing quite like listening and watching jazz played live by great musicians and the hugely popular Italian ace saxophonist Tommaso Starace is one of the exciting exponents of the alto version of this instrument in Europe today. A regular at jazz clubs throughout Europe, Tommaso plays with edgy conviction and real passion. This show will celebrate arguably two of the most talented sax players in history - Julian Edwin "Cannonball” Adderley and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. Performing with Tommaso will be a trio of great distinction: Pianist Frank Harrison is an award winning musician who toured for 20 years with another immense saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and is now much in demand as a player with powerful harmonic language, paired with a beautifully delicate touch. Bassist Paul Jefferies can ‘lay it down’ with the best of them, but he also produces wonderfully melodic lines, all wrapped in a great sense of time and rhythm and finally drummer Paul Cavatiuti (http://www.paulcav.com/biography.html) is a brilliant time keeper and rhythmic wizard - great line-up and a great show full of be-bop and bluesy jazz.
This piano, double bass and drums trio will - we can assure - charm and excite your jazz earbuds! Leader Bruno D’Ambra arrived in London in 2000 as a young man, keen to discover a bigger jazz scene, armed just a rucksack, a small keyboard carefully packed in a cardboard box and £300 in his pocket (a parting gift from his late grandad) he quickly made his mark on the jazz scene where he’s been honing his craft for over 20 years with many of Britain’s best-loved jazz musicians. Bruno will performing a mix of jazz standards and music from his own album ‘Vesuviana’. On bass - Paul Jefferies, drumming for this auspicious occasion will be another brilliant Italian musician - Daniele Antenucci on drums.
This is really project created by saxophonist Toliy and good friend and ace guitarist Hugh Turner. Their new band, Bossa Gringos, takes Latin rhythms (Bossa Nova, Samba, Rhumba etc) and the iconic musicians who famously played this style (Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Jobim etc) and breathes new life into well known and not so well known jazz melodies. The result is exciting stuff with lilting rhythms, intriguing arrangements and some spectacular solo work from all four members. The quartet unusually has two bassists (Raph Mizuraki and Paul Jefferies), although they will alternate between percussion, acoustic upright bass and bass guitar. You’ll love it!
Nicolas Meier is world renowned (having performed all over it) for his unique guitar playing style, which mixes elements of classical, middle-eastern and swing to create a wonderful fusion of flavours that excites and enthrals both audiences and fellow musicians alike. Swiss born Nicolas will be taking to our stage with acoustic bassist Paul Jefferies and the excellent London based drummer Eric Ford. Expect jazz classics, a touch of Bossa Nova, beautiful waltzes and some stellar jazz improvisation from all three musicians.