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In 2010 Tommaso Starace released his latest album ‘Blood & Champagne’ of music by Michel Petrucciani, Billy Strayhorn, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Starace’s original material, which he will perform on a Jazz Services supported tour with a new all-star UK quartet. Tommaso Starace was born in Milan to an Italian father and Australian mother. He graduated with a BMus from the Birmingham Conservatoire and completed a postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His 2009 CD ‘Tommaso Starace Quartet - Don't Forget’ featured an exciting Italian line up and was launched at a sold out concert at the Blue Note in Milan. The quartet has recently completed a tour in the UK and Italy visiting jazz clubs and festivals including Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, Brianza Open jazz festival, and Biella jazz festival. His previous CD, 'Tommaso Starace plays the photos of Elliott Erwitt', recorded with his UK quintet, was inspired by the black and white photographs of the great Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. This project allowed Tommaso to tour extensively around the UK. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned musicians such as Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham, Paolo Pellegatti, Attilio Zanchi, Tino Tracanna, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Giudici, Jim Mullen, Liam Noble, Jonathan Gee, Roger Beaujolais and film composer Dario Marianelli. He continues to seek inspiration and nurture his jazz expertise by taking part in jazz seminars and classes led by some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Dave Liebman, Miguel Zenon, Vincent Herring and Ted Nash. Frank Harrison won the soloist award in the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition in 1994, and in 1996 placed second in Young Jazz Musician Of The Year. After taking up a scholarship at Berklee School Of Music, Boston, he returned to England and joined Gilad Atzmon's band. In 2000 they started the Orient House Ensemble, with whom Frank has recorded four albums on Enja Records, including BBC Jazz Album Of The Year 2003, ‘Exile’. The band regularly tours Europe, playing at major jazz and world music festivals. Frank has also performed with Peter King, Julian Arguelles, Julian Siegel, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, Louis Stewart and Iain Ballamy. Laurence Cottle has played with many of the world’s great musicians such as Sting, Cher, Seal, Eno and Jaco, and working with Michael Kamen has recorded for films including Lethal Weapon and Mr. Holland's Opus. His solo recordings have been mostly in the jazz/fusion vein, with such notable releases as Five Seasons and Laurence Cottle Quintet Live. He has recorded with Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Procul Harum, Mike Oldfield, The Fents, Mornington Lockett, Tim Garland, Django Bates, Gerard Presencer and John Graham amongst others, and has written music for film and TV including Friends and The Oprah Winfrey show. He was a member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks from 2003-2006 and has produced albums for Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Gareth Williams and Mark Nightingale. Cottle currently leads his own Big Band playing a variety of standards and his own material Chris Nickolls started playing the drums at the age of 15 influenced by rock and funk music, and it wasn’t until he moved to London in 2001 that he started to listen to jazz. Since graduating from the London College of Music and Media in 2004, Chris has been performing with the likes of Jim Mullen, Martin Shaw, Laurence Cottle and Jean Toussaint at top UK and European venues. Chris has a range of different influences including Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Brian Blade, Mark Guiliana and Chad Smith. He is also a composer, taking his influence from Balkan and African rhythms, electronics and simple melodies, and aims for his pieces to provide a platform for creative improvisation.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Please note that we cannot guarantee that any performances will take place: always check with the venue. The band line-up shown here may not necessarily be the one playing at the gig.
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