Enrico Tomasso Quartet - Swing 'Till You Bop

wall2wall Jazz Festival

Time / Date

  • 9.15pm

  • Friday 31 August 2018



  • £18.00

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Enrico Tomasso has won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter three times, the last in 2013, and has not been outside the top two since.  After graduating in Leeds, he went to London to study at the Guildhall.

Since then, his career has taken some fascinating turns – this short interview homes in on some of them.

wall2wall:  How did coming from a very musical family influence your direction to follow a music career?

Enrico:  I was listening to jazz from being in the pram and everyday growing up which gave me the bug. When I was five my dad played a record of Louis Armstrong and I asked if I could play the trumpet. Since that day I never wanted to do anything else.

wall2wall:  What are your memories of meeting Louis Armstrong and playing for him?

Enrico:  I was thrilled to meet my idol but the enormity of the occasion was beyond a seven year old. I do remember most of it however with clarity and the photos help of course. There’s one particular photo which is my favourite because Louis isn’t looking and smiling at the camera’s but communing just with me. It’s the one I’ve put on my Twitter page. What he spoke mostly of was the sound I got and how I should keep developing it with long tones.

wall2wall:  How did you first connect with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and what was 12 years with them like?

Enrico:  It was a call from their manager which came at the end of my last year at college. He’d picked up my number from Bill Ashton who got anyone who came to a NYJO rehearsal to leave their number in his book. It was great to travel abroad and go on the road at that age and there was a lot to learn from that early genre of Jazz. In retrospect I should have left earlier and pursued a solo career but I’ve always taken my time over things and before I knew it the years had passed.

wall2wall:  Can you tell us a bit about your weekly date with the Acker Bilk Band.

Enrico:  It was around one gig a week on average as Acker was advised not to overdo it after his throat cancer treatment. This enabled me to follow a freelance career along side. He enjoyed working with the band right to the end so it was always lots of fun on and off the stage.

wall2wall:  What have been the highlights for you in recent years?

Enrico:  It’s hard to single out occasions as I’ve done some big festivals which are great to do but a good night at a small jazz club with a good rhythm section can be just as fulfilling.  It’s been great to be recognised for what I do and share stages with internationally acclaimed artists. The constant highlight is on nearly every gig when I am playing with great musicians and playing the music I want to play.

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