• "Signor Starace is a shrewd operator. He plays alto and soprano sax with impressive post-Parkerian felicity and Italian flair. 21/12/2005"

    Jack Massarik
    Purcell Room concert reviewed in The Evening Standard

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  • "Staraces melodious originals offer good blowing potential for alto and soprano solos delivered in a cleanly articulate post-bop style reminiscent of Phil Woods"

    Jack Massarik
    Jazzwise magazine

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  • "...The promising Starace seems to be revealing his most personal voice in the full-on music."

    John Fordham
    The Guardian

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  • "...a distinctive new artist."

    John Fordham
    Jazz UK Magazine

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  • "This is an extremely promising debut album"

    Ian Carr
    Jazz Author

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  • "Starace swings magnificently. The quintet plays exquisitely and Tommaso Starace plays alto as it should be played..."

    John Gilbert

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  • "...he and his band turned in a real tour-de-force performance."

    Chris Beggs
    Leicester Mercury

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  • "One of the new young lions of jazz to look out for..."

    Edward Blanco

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Thursday 3rd February

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Tommaso teams up with pianist Michele Di Toro creating a new Duo album released on
the Universal/EmArcy Label: From a Distant Past

After his second last album Italian Short Stories Tommaso continues to work on composing tunes with strong thematic elements inviting the listener to jump in the past re living ancient fables and epic scenes. Original compositions by both musicians with a couple of arrangements of pieces by Chick Corea and Randy Newman make up this poetic and nostalgic album. This new recording, as the previous one 'Italian Short Stories', continues to explore a melodic and cinematic approach to jazz this time bringing to life a world that belongs to a remote past made of fables and surreal stories.

Tommaso and his Italian quartet release on Universal/EmArcy Label 'Italian Short Stories - Tommaso Starace plays the photos of Gianni Berengo Gardin.
Tommaso Starace Quartet is back on creating a new Jazz/Photographic project.  In 2005 Tommaso worked on the images produced by the Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt, part of whose fame was due to the irony present in some of his photos. Eight particularly original and diverse photos by Erwitt had inspired as many compositions, which were recorded with his British quintet. In this new CD Tommaso works on the images of one of Italy's most celebrated photographers Gianni Berengo Gardin who has documented through his evocative black and white images the history of Italy from the early 50's to now.

14 images taken in different parts of Italy from Milano, Florence, Naples to Venice, Palermo and other cities, have inspired Tommaso and his quartet to compose music that help bring the different stories alive. 'Italian Short Stories' is Tommaso's tribute to his country and to some of his favourite cities. The great trumpeter Paolo Fresu guests on 4 tracks of the CD.

'Celebrating the Music of Michel Petrucciani', a new CD recorded by Tommaso Starace's Italian Quartet, now out on Universal/EmArcy Label is a project dedicated entirely to the music of the great French pianist. Petrucciani was very much respected by the American Jazz Community and around the world for his extraordinary technique, elegance of execution, and his charismatic energy conveyed through his many memorable performances and compositions. On the CD and in concerts the Quartet performs some of the most popular tunes from his extensive repertoire - Petrucciani led his band over many years recording a total of 32 albums. Two fantastic musicians have joined the Quartet as guests on the new album: Italian trumpet star Fabrizio Bosso and UK's vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais.

Both Tommaso's quartets ( UK and Italian) have experienced taking part in many new exciting major Jazz Clubs and Festivals. The release of the previous album 'Blood & Champagne' gave the opportunity to the young Italian saxophonist to tour extensively and visit some of the major jazz clubs and festivals in United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland. Events and venues included: Providencia International Jazz festival de Santiago del Chile,  Brecon Jazz Festival, Avezzano Jazz Festival, Blue Note Milano, MITO Settembre Festival, Luzern Jazz Club, Piacenza, Torino, Biella and Salumeria della Musica Jazz Clubs, Lichfield and Colchester Arts, 'Jazz Vision Saluzzo Festival' Wakefield and Southampton Jazz Clubs, Queens Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Chur Jazz Club and many others.. His previous album 'Blood & Champagne' has been well received by jazz critics around the UK and Italy:

'An exciting talent, Starace is developing a seriously impressive body of work' - Bruce Lindsay - (
'He soars assertively when needed, cajoles and caresses with 'molto' lyricism on the ballads and demonstrates unequivocally that it is possible for contemporary jazz to be accessible'. Lance Liddle - ( Bebop Spoken Here)
'Blood & Champagne' unveils a bandleader possessing a flair for creative interpretation'. Robbie Gerson - (
'..the title Blood & Champagne, conjuring up as it does life's intoxicating intensity, is well chosen: this is a heady, exuberant but affecting album'. Chris Parker
'La sezione ritmica che lo accompagna lo fa in modo egregio e moderno. oscillante fra neoclassicismi ed uno swing ispirato ai modelli americani, dando cosi all'album nel suo complesso una sua precisa individualita' che lo distingue da altre produzioni simili'. Vittorio Lo Conte - (

You can listen to Tommaso's recent interview by Helen Mayhew on Jazz FM discussing his music and the production of 'Blood & Champagne', and also to Ukjazzradio.comwho selected 'Blood & Champagne' as one of the best CD's to be reviewed in a while.

Tommaso has performed and collaborated with many great musicians including Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham, Jim Mullen, Liam Noble, Jonathan Gee, Roger Beaujolais, Paolo Pellegatti, Attilio Zanchi, Fabrizio Bosso, Tino Tracanna, Paolo Fresu, Gianni Giudici and Academy Award Winning composer Dario Marianelli. He continues to seek inspiration and nurture his jazz expertise by taking part in jazz seminars and classes led by some of the greatest musicians alive, including Dave Liebman, Miguel Zenon, Vincent Herring, Ted Nash.