Tommaso Starace Quartet - Tribute to Cannonball Adderley

BMJ Club Programme

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  • Sunday 24th November 2019: 8pm 

  • Bar opens at 7.30pm



  • £12 Standard 

  • £10 Friends of BMJ

  • Students £3 on the door

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Top saxophonist Tommaso Starace and his band will be next up at Black Mountain Jazz in an exciting tribute to his idol, Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. This gig should not be missed.

Adderley inspired a generation with his big and expressive sound. He continued to develop the bebop idiom to higher levels, inspired by many of his contemporaries, who were also pushing the boundaries: John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and others. He also had a star band under his own name, which included his trumpeter brother, Nat.

Adderley combined post-Parker ‘Hard Bop’ with soulful playing and won new audiences to jazz, attracted by his Blues roots. Perhaps his greatest achievement as a sideman was to be a member of the Davis bands that recorded two landmark albums: Kind of Blue and Milestones.

After his death in 1975, Adderley was inducted into the Downbeat magazine’s Jazz Hall of Fame.

Tommaso will be exploring Adderley’s recording career, drawing on collaborations with Davis, Joe Zawinul, Bobby Timmons and many others. This has given him access to a rich seam of quintessential classics, and provided material for the perfect tribute gig.

He was born in Milan and came to Britain in 1995, graduating with a First in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and then with a post grad degree in Jazz Studies at the Guildhall in London. He runs British and Italian bands and has recorded several much-lauded albums. He’s also appeared with leading musicians Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Billy Cobham, Dave Liebman, and Jim Mullen.

Tommaso on alto and soprano saxes will be joined at Abergavenny by pianist David Newton, bassist Al Swainger, and drummer Paolo Adamo.

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