Nick Dewhurst Quartet with Tommaso Starace


Nick Dewhurst Quartet and very special guest Tommaso Starace

Saturday 11th June 2022, 7.45pm, Cathedral Hotel, £15.00

Enjoy an evening of sizzling hot jazz standards, mixed in with some cool and funky originals, and you’ve the perfect recipe for a great evening of jazz, featuring none of the finest Italian Alto Saxophonist! 

Brand new for 2022, the Nick Dewhurst Quartet is Nick’s latest musical offering, and features Nick on Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Guitar, with Tim Amann on Piano, Paul Robinson on Bass Guitar and Carl Hemmingsley on Drums.

The quartet focuses on original compositions by Nick (featuring tunes from Nick’s two albums ‘Suspect in You’ and ‘Skyrocket’), as well as playing jazz standards and originals written & recorded by some of Nick’s favourite trumpet players (such as Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Wynton Marsalis & Nicolas Folmer).

Whilst this Quartet may be a new project for 2022, the musicians are no strangers to playing together, with Nick, Tim & Carl all having played together for many years with the Walsall Jazz Orchestra (WJO). The WJO, who specialise in original music (including some of Nick and Tim’s compositions), plays melodic & soulful jazz, with grooves taken from folk music through to funk and fusion, but mixed in with bebop and swing too. All of these musical elements have been incorporated into the new Quartet, and with the addition of one of Manchester’s finest session bass players, Paul Robinson, (who lists Jaco Pastorius as one his main influences), the net result is four musicians who very much think about music on the same wavelength.

Tommaso Starace:

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 Paolo Fresu, Dave O’Higgins, Fabrizio Bosso, Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Paolo Pellegatti.
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 has been performing in many Jazz Festivals and Clubs across the world, some of them include: The Purcell Room, Blue Note Milano, Cadogan Hall, Eleuthera All That Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival,Time in Jazz Festival, Nuoro Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Torino/Biella/Genova Jazz Clubs, Mito Festival, Chur jazz Club, Luzern jazz Club, and many more.

He has been keeping busy as a band leader recording ten albums and choosing projects which display different sides to his musicianship. He has also experimented changing the organic of his groups from Quintets to Quartets, Trios, Duets and ultimately solo saxophone where he’s currently recording the Cello Suites of Sebastian Bach on soprano saxophone exploring the acoustics of six different churches in the UK.

His latest recording ‘The Power of Three’ is a collaboration with piano virtuoso Jim Watson and electric bass Maestro Laurence Cottle. Tommaso treats this recording as a jam session choosing some of his favourite tunes and composers and putting together an album which displays different styles of music from funk, to latin, bossa, ballads and Swing. Some of the composers included in the album are Ennio Morricone, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Timmons, Pino Daniele, Chick Corea.

Tommaso is currently busy performing concerts with several of his projects all over Europe.