• Tommaso Starace - Saxophone

  • John Crawford - Piano

  • Laurence Cottle - Bass

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Tommaso Starace - Saxophone

Born in 1975 in Milano, Italy Tommaso started playing the saxophone and studying music at the age of 18. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1994 where he graduated at Birmingham Conservatoire with a Bmus first class honours and later at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a Postgraduate Degree in jazz studies in the year 2000. He has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen, Jonathan Gee, Paolo Pellegatti, Gianni Giudici. In the year 2004 he collaborated with award winning oscar film composer Dario Marianelli ( 'Pride and Prejudice' and ' The Atonement' ) recording music for 'This Little Life', a BBC drama for Channel Four.

In 2008 Tommaso was awarded with an Honorary Membership by Birmingham Conservatoire given to him for his significant contributions made across the years within the various branches of the music profession.

Tommaso is currently busy performing concerts with his quartet all over Europe.

John Crawford - Piano

IMA nominated musician John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. His mother would introduce him to Latin music of all kinds, and he has gone on to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others. His 2012 release "Ulia River of Time" has been nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category.

.. .. In the Latin world he has worked with percussion legends Airto Moreira and Giovanni Hidalgo, Eumir Deodato, Ed Motta, Tito Allen, Herman Oliveira, Henry Fiol, Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Frankie Morales (Tito Puentes last singer), Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Matos, Adalberto Santiago, Luisito Carrion, Mariano Civico, Cano Estremera, Jack Costanzo, Nancy Abalos and Carlos Irigoyen, Maelo Ruiz, Johnny Blas, Jesus Alemany's Cubanismo, Orlando Watusi and Danny Silva, as well as UK based artists like Snowboy, Guida da Palma and Jazzinho, Negrocan, Sirius B, Manteca, Shantijazzworld, Nois, Liliana Chachian, Gustavo Marques, Jandira Silva, Mr Hermano, Orquesta La Clave, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones, Samara and Viramundo. He was also a founder member of the popular band Grupo X, and a member of the Pop/Jazz crossover project ISQ

As a jazz pianist he has performed with many jazz artists such as Tony Coe, Tina May, Ola Onabule, Duncan Lamont, Pinise Saul, Lucky Ranku , Ramesh Shotham, Sax Appeal, Julie Dexter, Chris Batchelor, Sandy Cressman, Jason Yarde, John Etheridge, Dave Pike, Harvie S, Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, Billy Bang, Noel Mccalla, Roger Beaujolais, Gilad Atzmon, Paul Jayasinha's Shanti Jazz World , Victoria Newton, Clement Regert, Rowland Sutherland, Byron Wallen, Sarah Moule, Shireen Francis, Trudy Kerr, Annie Whitehead, Katriona Taylor, Parry Ray, Daniela Clynes, Esther Bennett, Linley Weir, Zena James, Michele Drees, Eleonora Claps, Orla Murphy, Rosanna Brandi, and Lydia Garrow

He has also worked with artists from the pop world such as Bjork, Tanita Tikarem, Lewis Taylor, Us3, The Braxtons, Andy Williams, Kirsty McColl, Rui Velos, Babyface, Gina Foster and Beverly Skeete.

John has always had a passionate interest in dances of all types, and this has led him to work with such artists as Heather Cornell, Andrew Nemr, Max Pollack, Junior Laniyan and Tobias Tak

In 2010, the book "Exploring Latin Piano" written by John with Tim Richards was published by world renowed music publisher Schott Music, and inmediately garnered rave reviews. This was followed by the book "Brazilian Piano Collection" which coincided with John performing in Sao Carlos, Brazil in the Choro festival "Chorando Sem Parar". In 2015 the book "Grooves For Two" was published by Oxford University Press and features one of John's compositions, "Club Del Campesino".

"A glorious piano solo...everyone there that night agreed that a man to watch out for is pianist John Crawford, a skillful and imaginative soloist"

John Childs, Jazzwise Magazine

"hypnotized by the enchanting piano playing of John Crawford"

paul j youngman

"followed by John Crawford whose piano playing is a delight all through the record"

Dan Mather

Laurence Cottle - Bass