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Enrico Tomasso @ The Brink

August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm


Enrico Tomasso was exposed to the best of jazz from when he was born and
started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, a jazz clarinetist,
nurtured and encouraged the inherent talent and gave him every opportunity
to hear and meet the jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge,
Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hacket, Billy Butterfield,
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 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. This led to friendship and correspondence
during the last years of Louis’ life. Enrico is often asked to recount this story
and talk about the great man on TV and radio.

After studying at Leeds Music College and Guildhall School Of Music, Enrico
joined The Ken Mackintosh Orchestra followed by a period with The
Pasadena Roof Orchestra and then The Ray Gelato Giants after which he
pursued his solo career. This however still allowed him to play with Acker Bilk
and his Paramount Jazz Band during Acker’s last decade.
Enrico is considered one of the top jazz trumpeters on the jazz scene and
has just won best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards making it six
times. A popular figure at many of the jazz clubs and festivals around the
world, he has exciting presence and a lively personality on stage with his
command of the instrument and stylistic invention placing him in the top

He’s played with the likes of Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Dan Barrett,
Houston Person, Marti Grosz, Jake Hanna, Dick Hyman, Bob Wilbur, Kenny
Davern, Wild Bill Davison, Warren Vasche, Ralph Sutton, Roy Williams, Alan
Barnes, Johnny Dankworth, Bryan Lemon, Allan Ganley, Kenny Ball, Chris
Barber, Humphrey Littleton, George Melly, Jools Holland etc. He also is often
in the studios for film and tv music as well as backing many famous recording
artists from Amy Winehouse to Clair Teal. He’s prominent on all Bryan Ferry’s
jazz projects and has joined him on a few world tours. He can be heard on
the soundtrack to the 2013 “Great Gatsby” remake, the specially
commissioned sound track to “Shooting Stars” by the British Film Institute,
SS-GB and other period soundtracks.

Current CDs are “Al Dente” available on the Woodville records and “When
Louis Met Bix” a collaboration with American ‘Bix’ supremo Andy Schumm on
Lakeside records.


August 21
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm


The Brink


The Brink


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