… and to be quite honest we’re more than a bit put out, having lined up a superb Spring – Summer season. Covid19 has forced us out of our usual venues for the foreseeable future. We’re locked out but not knocked out, and it seems only right to try and share some of the great jazz that might have been.
So from today CMJ becomes QMJ ‘Quarantined Modern Jazz’.
Each week where we had planned a gig, our jazz-cast will feature a short biography of the featured artist/band with video and sound links to recent performances, albums, reviews and interviews where available.
We hope that will soften the blow a bit and enable you to enjoy the superb jazz on offer. Maybe follow-up a bit more on the artists. We’d also welcome your feedback and will do our best to ensure that QMJ continues to spread the vibe.
Don’t Stop The Bop!
Tommaso Starace Quartet
Tommaso Starace alto sax, Dave O’Higgins tenor sax, Alec Dankworth double bass, Chris Nicolls drums
Born in Milan, and now based in London, Tommaso Starace 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 such as Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Billy Cobham, Dave Liebman and Jim Mullen. A sax double-header with star rhythm section. Great jazz guaranteed!
…a distinctive new artist.John Fordham