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Tommaso Starace : the Gardin Project  -  Tue Nov 29, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
Saxophonist Tommaso Starace cites Cannonball Adderley and fellow Itaiian Rosario Giuliani as two of his favourite players, and the Charlie Parker legacy is also evident in his playing, but he has increasingly found his own melodically free-wheeling voice.

He is also an aficianado of black & white photographs, and has drawn inspiration from the work of some of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century. Ten years ago he played at the Cluny with a quartet celebrating the work of Magum photographer Elliott Erwitt, and now he takes on the work of his Italian compatriot Gianni Berengo Gardin. Tommaso has chosen 14 images from Gardin's vast portfolio of pictures from the 1940s up to today; as the pictures are projected onto a screen, his quartet will play music inspired by each of them.

The musicians that he brings to the Black Swan, including rising star John Turville on piano, are perfectly attuned to his vision of 'cinematic jazz'. Describing the development of this project, Tommaso has said "for me it was a leap back into my Italian background and the memories and experiences that infected my music are still a source of delight and contentment. I wish the listener a similar experience". We have no doubt that delight will indeed be the response of the audience at this gig.

Tickets are available from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from