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Tomasso Starace Organ Trio

Tuesday 14 March 2023 8pm. Preston Conservative Club, Paignton.

Tomasso Starace saxophonist

Italian Aussie saxophonist Tommaso Starace pays homage to two Giants of the alto saxophone and the Jazz idiom: Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderely.

Charlie Parker also named as ‘Bird’ for his voracious appetite for chicken revolutionized the language of Jazz in the 1940’s together with his long time partner on Trumpet Dizzy Gillespie and was famous for his role in founding the innovative Bebop style of jazz further developing it from the Swing period and from the masters that influenced him: Lester Young, Coleman Hopkins, Art Tatum.

In this first part of the concert the Trio will revisit some of Parker’s most celebrated Jazz compositions which include Donna Lee, Confirmation, K.C. Blues, Segment, Moose the Mooche, Yardbird Suite, Chi Chi and more.

In the second part of the concert the Trio will explore the music of Tommaso’s idol on alto sax Cannonball Adderely who despite his ‘late age’, shortly after the premature death of Parker, was nicknamed the ‘New Bird’ on the alto saxophone after a sensational short visit to New York City.

Thought it is certainly true that Cannonball was influenced on the alto sax by Parker, ( like so many other of his jazz contemporaries) it is also fair to say that the new Alto Star had very much his own language and character on the instrument to the point where he became his own status symbol.

The sound on the alto saxophone changed to become wider and bigger especially in the upper register of the saxophone. His language pushed the boundaries acquiring the name of Hard Bop but always deeply steeped into the swing and blues.

The Trio will explore some of the great hits such as Del Sasser, This Here, Jeannine, Azule Serape, Jive Samba, Work Song, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Waltz for Debby. 

Tonight’s line up is Tomasso Starace on alto saxophone, Martin Jenkins on Hammond Organ and

Pip Harbon on drums

“Anyone who has experienced a glissando of language on the streets of Italy will understand the utter exuberance with which Italian-born Starace attacks and runs with the language of music” – Paul Medley, Oxford Times