Enrico Tomasso Sextet – From a Jazz Tradition

Friday, December 14, 2018

Enrico Tomasso – trumpet (picture)
RoyWilliams – trombone
Trevor Whiting – saxophone and clarinet
John Pearce – piano
Dave Green – bass
Steve Brown – drums

Enrico Tomasso was exposed to the best of jazz from birth and started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, a jazz clarinettist, encouraged his inherent talent and gave him every opportunity to hear and meet the jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, the Basie and Ellington bands and many more. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong whom he played for as he walked off the plane in 1968 for a two week stint at Batley Variety Club. Louis took the seven year old Enrico under his wing for the two weeks inviting him as his personal guest every night and giving him advice. 

Enrico is considered one of the top trumpeters on the jazz scene and has won Best Trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards four times. He can be heard on the soundtrack to the 2013 Great Gatsby remake, and the specially commissioned soundtrack to Shooting Stars by the British Film Institute.

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