THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Don't miss Enrico Tomasso!
Winner: British Jazz Awards
2012 and 2013
Appearing with his own London-based, internationally renowned quartet, as featured on his critically acclaimed album, Al Dente:
JOHN PEARCE - Keyboards
ANDY CLEYNDERT - d.bass
BOBBY WORTH – drums
“It is a mark of true distinction when a jazz trumpeter plays with such fluency and apparent ease that you listen to the music and not to the technique”: Dave Gelly, The Observer
“Tomasso is the swing trumpeter par excellence”:
Peter Vacher, Jazzwise
An all-star line-up, the trumpet-led
ENRICO TOMASSO QUARTET
Tuesday 1 October / Dydd Mawrth 1 Hydref
Admission £12, Concessions £10, School Children £5
Advance booking available
Tickets and further info: 01745 812260
Considered one of today's finest trumpeters, Enrico Tomasso is a regular nominee at the
British Jazz Awards, and has taken the award for best trumpet in 2012 and 2013.
Enrico started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, jazz clarinettist
Ernie Tomasso, nurtured and encouraged his inherent talent and gave him every opportunity to hear and meet many jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich,
Dizzy Gillespie, and the Basie and Ellington bands. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong who he met and played for during Louis' visit to Britain in 1968. This led to a correspondence and friendship until Louis' death (You may have seen some of Enrico's TV interviews about Louis).
He spent twelve years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra followed by a long stint with
Ray Gelato's Giants. Having a wide stylistic range, he has a busy studio career, including working with Clare Teal, the film composer John Altman, and also Bryan Ferry, featuring both on the latter's CD
As Time Goes By, and with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra on the album The Jazz Age as well as the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's recent film adapation of The Great Gatsby (2013).
With an international reputation, Enrico is one of the major players on the British jazz scene as can be seen by listing just some of his recent collaborations which include those with Scott Hamilton,
Marty Grosz, Warren Vache, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Barnes, Acker Bilk,
Keith Nichols, the Pizza Express All Stars and Alex Welsh Remembered. He has also featured in the big bands, Echoes of Ellington, taken the Roy Eldridge role in the Gene Krupa Big Band tribute, and performed his own tribute to Louis Armstrong, Salute to Satch.
An exciting stage presence and a lively personality, combined with Enrico's fine command of his instrument and stylistic invention place him among the finest jazz stars of today.
For his autumn concert he brings to North Wales for the first time his full London-based quartet which is completed by John Pearce (keyboards), Andy Cleyndert (double bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).
In the 70s and 80s John Pearce worked extensively with the Ray Ellington Quartet and numerous big bands and orchestras including those of Jack Parnell, Billy May and James Last. One of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians he has played the world over with Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee,
Art Farmer, Ronnie Scott and many more, and has been a member of the
Scott Hamilton Quartet since the year 2000.
Over the past thirty years Andy Cleyndert has earned a world-class reputation, playing with many legendary figures including Bud Shank, Lee Konitz and Ed Thigpen, and as a member of iconic British bands such as the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet and Stan Tracey's band. He has also started his own record label, Trio Records, which has become a locus for the best of British jazz.
Since he became the first ever drummer of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1966 Bobby Worth has been in demand by players such as Pete King, Jim Mullen, Don Weller and Alan Barnes, and has earned an international reputation as one of the top UK drummers accompanying
an array of American jazz stars.
In reviewing the Enrico Tomasso Quartet's 2012 solo album, Al Dente, The Observer's Dave Gelly comments, “It is a mark of true distinction when a jazz trumpeter plays with such fluency and apparent ease that you listen to the music and not to the technique”, and the Wrexham concert will include numbers from the recording, offering a taste of what an audience might expect: some choice,
well-known (and some lesser-known) standards from composers like George Gershwin,
Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael.
“Tomasso is the swing trumpeter par excellence”: Peter Vacher, Jazzwise