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LIVE @ Thame Snooker Club
Took Place on Wed 12th Sept.

St Andrews Court
Wellington Street

Tommaso Starace Quintet

Featuring :-
Tommaso - Alto Saxophone
Roger Beaujolais - Vibraphone
Jonathan Gee - Keys
Simon Thorpe - Bass
Dave Ohm - Drums

Tommaso Starace was born in Milan in 1975 from an Italian father and Australian mother. He started playing the alto saxophone at the age of 18. In 1994 he took part in a weekly jazz seminar organised by Berklee College of Music, taking place in Perugia as part of the ‘Umbria Jazz Festival’ and in that same year he was accepted at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he graduated with a BMus first class honours degree. During those 4 years of college he studied with saxophonists Andrew Tweed, Chris Gumbley and Nigel Wood both classical and jazz repertoire. In the summer of 1996 he took part in the Jamey Aebersold Summer Camp in Kentuky and had the chance of performing and studying with saxophonist Don Braden and Jazz Educators David Baker.  Between the years 1999/2000 he completed the Postgraduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. While attending the course he studied with ex-Jazz Messengers saxophonist Jean Toussaint, and saxophonists Stan Sulzmaan and Martin Hathaway; he performed in small combos and big bands with Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone. He also took part in several master classes some of which with renown jazz musicians such as saxophonist Tim Garland and bass virtuoso John Patitucci.
Across the years, since successfully completing his Postgraduate course, Tommaso has gained a considerable reputation in the Uk jazz scene appearing at many jazz clubs and Festivals in the country as a sideman and leader. Some of the venues include : The ‘Vortex’ Jazz Club, The 100 Club, ‘Pizza on the Park’, Royal Festival Hall Foyer, Boxford Fleece Jazz Club, Plymouth Jazz Club, Bonington Theatre, Jazz in the Streets Festival ( concert in Trafalgar Square), Bexley Heath Jazz Club, National Theatre, Jazz at The Green Man, Dereham Jazz Club, Quay arts Centre, Milestone Jazz Club, Matt and Phreds Jazz Club, Gumbles Jazz Club, National Portrait Gallery, Capital Gardens Jazz Festival, Chelsea Festival, Windsor Festival.  He has performed with some of the most respected UK jazz musicians including: Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais, Phil Lee, Liam Noble, Jonathan Gee, Dave Cliff, Tim Richards, Roland Perrin, Andy Hamill, Steve Brown, Mike Gorman, Colin Oxley.

Roger Beaujolais - Vibes

I bought my first vibraphone at the age of 24 (after a wasted youth being a very bad - not to mention unemployed - rock drummer) & played my first gig at the age of 28. I am completely self taught.  Soon after starting on vibes I was a founder member of jump/jive band "The Chevalier Brothers" & had a successful time in the 1980's touring Europe extensively along with many gigs in the UK & trips to the USA & Japan. For a brief period we were darlings of the UK rock press but outside the UK we were known on the jazz scene playing at numerous jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea & others in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium & France.  During this time we also released 3 albums, 4 singles & did several gigs with Slim Gaillard. A compilation of the first album & some outtakes from the same period were released on CD for the first time in 1999 on Westside Records.
After a brief period with chart topping Fairground Attraction in 1989 (one of the few times a pop band has ever been interested in featuring vibes!) I have been concentrating on recording my own jazz albums


Jonathan Gee - a fine UK pianist with allegiances to Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner - there are plenty of signposts to the familiar, and the playing is exhilaratingly fresh. Has worked regularly with US stars David Murray & Mark Murphy. He has recorded 20 albums with British artists such as Bobby Wellins, Ed Jones, Eddie Parker, Claire Martin, and US3, & has toured 16 countries with the likes of Steve Williamson & Orphy Robinson. Recent work includes 3 tours of Scandinavia with Ed Jones, Finnish trumpet star Mika Myllari & the trio, & trips to Cameroon & Singapore with poet Lemn Sissay for the British Council. Television appearances include BBC 2's "Jazz 606" & a stint as Musical Director for guests such as Alison Moyet & Clive Rowe on BBC 2's " Lesley Garrett Show". He was "most promising newcomer" in the 1991 British Jazz Awards & is currently appearing as a singer/pianist together with Dominic Alldis (also a singer/pianist) on a UK tour. His international Quartet with Damon Brown will visited New York, Israel & Spain in the spring of 2002.  In recent years Jonathan has also begun to develop his voice . With Dominic Aldiss he has formed a duo in which they both play the piano and sing. The repertoire features Ellington ,LeGrand ,Coward ,Evans and Jobim

John Fordham of the Guardian said of Jonathan Gee "He has blossomed into a performer of flexibility, resourcefulness and technical command to rival any of his generation." Jonathan has released two albums with his own trio which has appeared at Ronnie Scott's. He has played with many greats including Joe Lovano, David Murray and Benny Golsen.

Simon Thorpe on bass
One of Britain’s most popular bass players, Simon is well known for his great sound, melodic solos & solid beat.   For several years he played with Stacey Kent & Jim Tomlinson (featuring on 5 of their albums). He has been laying down the bass line for the Bobby Wellins Quartet since 1998 & is a favourite with many of the Jazz Greats in Britain & the USA inc. Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Alan Barnes, Dave Cliff & Don Weller.  Simon also leads a number of bands in various styles, has played numerous sessions & also composes music for TV & radio.

Joseph Lepore (Guest Bassist) was born in New York in 1967. He began his formal training in Italy at age twelve, after moving to Europe with his family. At fifteen he started playing the doublebass and in 1992 he graduated from the Conservatory of Salerno with high honours.  In 1995 he moved to Rome, where he soon became a popular bassist on the jazz scene. He also worked for some Pop Italian artists and on some TV Shows in Italy. For some time he was also part of a Blues Band based in Rome (Blue Messengers) with 2 CD releases of mostly original tunes. In 1996 he attended a special workshop with Italian bassist Furio Di Castri. Apart from that he is mostly self taught. Joseph's main influences on the bass range widely, from that of Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Jimmy Garrison, Scott La Faro, Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, to Dave Holland. In 2006 he is in the jazz program at CCNY studying for a while with J. Patitucci.
He also played with some prominent jazz musicians over the years, for example: David Liebman, Steve Grossman, Gary Smulian, Bob Dorough, Tony Scott, Joy Garrison, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Mover, Romano Mussolini, Elliot Zigmund, Mike Maineri, George Garzone, Antonio Farao, Tom Kirkpatrick and others.

Dave Ohm - Drums

Dave Ohm is one of the most most sought after drummers in the UK. A regular at the new Ronnie Scott's performing with the house trio Dave has been playing with most of the great jazz musicians of this country: from Jim Mullen, Matt Wates, Alan Barnes to Phil Lee, Dave O Higgin's, Georgia Mancio and more..!  In the summer 2004 he toured Italy with the Wessell 'Warm Daddy' Anderson Quartet, - American Altoist known for his tight collaboration and friendship with Winton Marsalis. During that summer he also continued part of his tour  with tenor player Benny Golson.  He swings like crazy and gets a fantastic sound out of his drum kit reminiscent of the greats such as Buddy Rich and Max Roach.




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Tommaso and Band played 2 standards and were joined in the second by Guest Bassist -

Tommaso Starace plays the Photos of Elliott ErwittPerformance Schedule
Set 1
Days of Wine and Roses
- Set Me Free (Lament of a Mannequin)
- Goodbyes
- Tickets....Please!

Set 2
Tommaso Starace quartet plus special guestsHave You Met Miss Jones - with guest bassist Joseph Lepore
- Spinning Out of Control
- Felix, Gladys and Rover
- Loving Gloves
- Tongue in Cheek

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Hi, Tommaso -You really excelled yourself on Wednesday evening; great gig! - Euan

Thanks - I enjoyed the concert. Roger Beaujolais was particularly fine, but they were all good. - Tony Augarde.

Hello, it was good to meet you in England during my quick visit. You guys have a really nice thing going on there and hopefully we will get to do something together in the future.  All the best  Joseph Lepore

Congrats on the last Tommaso Starace gig in Thame - it was a good night and a few more punters helped the atmosphere! Last saw Jonathan Gee at Ronnie's a few years ago supporting NYJO. It cost a lot more than Concert Jazz does! - Andrew

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