"His group has a refined sparkle, a genuine love and a subtle immediacy wih listeners and enthusiasts alike" read more >> London Jazz Festival


"His group has a refined sparkle, a genuine love and a subtle immediacy wih listeners and enthusiasts alike" read more >>

London Jazz Festival 2013 live concert review

"Selected amongst the best 10 albums of the year by MOJO Magazine on both 2012 and 2014"

MOJO Magazine

"Best kind of sophisticated and melodic jazz for elevating mood" read more >>

Londonjazz News

"Tommaso has delivered,via his latest project, a truly marvellous 69 minutes of great music"

Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine

"Aptly Touched"

Jazzism Magazine, Netherlands

"...This is a fine addition to Staraces' ever-impressive discography" read more >>


"A wonderful performance from Italian saxophonist and I look forward to hearing more about him!"

JazzRu Magazine, Russia

"La musica rileva le grandi capacity e personalità' di Tommaso come sassofonista."

Jazzit, Italy


Tommaso Starace

A man on a mission with 3 creative projects

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 from 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 Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen, Jonathan Gee, Paolo Pellegatti, Gianni Giudici. In 2004 Tommaso 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. Listen here>>.

Starace has recorded 7 albums under his own name and has performed at the following festivals:

London Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Luzern jazz Club, Blue Note Milano, International Jazz Festival de Providencia Santiago del Chile, Time in Jazz and Berchidda Jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz festival, Pizza Express Dean Street, Purcell Room and many more

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. He's now touring three projects with some of the most accomplished players on the UK and Italian jazz scenes.

Italian Short Stories

Inspired by the images of B&W photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin


Italian Short Stories is based on 14 images by Gianni Berengo Gardin one of the most celebrated Italian black and white photographers admired by the likes of Henry Cartier Bresson and Elliott Erwitt. More then 300 photograph books have been released by Berengo who is still very prominent in photography circles.

Tommaso met with the artist and selected the14 images which most inspired him. The idea behind this project is to compose short, concise, highly melodic musical reflections of Gardin's images.

The concert combines live music accompanied by images projected onto a large screen resulting in an aural and visual feast for the audience.

'The old cliché about pictures being worth a thousand words may well have some truth to it—but on Italian Short Stories Gardin's pictures, like Erwitt's before them, find new life in these instrumentals'. read more<<

BRUCE LINDSAY, allAboutjazz.com

'The album is well balanced with a mix of the joyously positive and the beautifully melancholic. There's more to discover the more you listen and you end up feeling you've been introduced to lives of intimacy and variety through these sound pictures'. read more<<

Alison Hoblyn, londonjazznews.com

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Click image above for performance @ Blue Note Jazz Club on the 13th February

It's a project with broad appeal reaching out to lover's of art in addition to the regular jazz aficionado.

Building upon his 2005 project inspired by the photographer Elliott Erwitt Starace continues his passion for black and white photography with Italian Short Stories.

This is project particularly significant to Starace as many of the images are taken in the region where he grew up.

Imagine a Fellini movie done as a Jazz project....that's the direction Starace's aiming for!

Interview promoting the album on RAI 1 In Italy

From A Distant Past

A Duo with Virtuoso Pianist Michele di Toro


Click on image above to view album introduction

Tommaso Starace presents his new album 'From a Distant Past' collaborating in duo with pianist Michele Di Toro. With this album Starace animates old fables and surreal stories through the jazz idiom - from the childish melody of ‘Children’s Song’ ( Chick Corea); the nostalgic ones of 'Dexter’s Tune’ ( by Randy Newman); and the more 'fable like' music of 'A Trust Betrayed'; to the epic ' Perseus & Andromeda’ the listener travels through time and tales.

Starace pushes his personal boundaries composition-wise focusing on new styles taking inspiration from some of his favourite contemporary composers such as Brad Mehldau, Brandford Marsalis, Ennio Morricone.
Strong melodies are always of primary importance and necessary so that the listener can visualise and engage in this journey of 'cinematic' music.

Here in this recording Tommaso, who stylistically has always been more tied to the traditional Afro American style of playing, complements well with Michele Di Toro who makes use of a jazz idiom inspired from classical music, using scales and chords which create a more angular and contemporary language.

But their prime objective is to express themselves with sensitivity and originality hoping that the listener will be enriched by different emotions: anger, sadness, compassion, dreamy moments, fear, forgiveness, joy, irony etc.

''Romantic melodies and a melancholic songs with a European flavour represent the main focus of “From a distant past”, an album that sweetly penetrates one's soul.'' read more<<

Stefano Dentice, soundcontest.com

'' The key to this CD with its blend of traditional flavour and modern taste is in the melody. In From a Distant Past the soprano narrates tales of sonorous landscapes, while the piano leaps from peak to peak through the history of jazz, reaching the high points of an evolution that is transformed into art''.

Flavio Caprera, Jazz Author

Tommaso Starace, Laurence Cottle and Shane Forbes: 'Synergy Trio'

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Performing standards and compositions by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Synergy Trio features the amazing guitarist Laurence Cottle and thrilling propulsion by top British drummer Shane Forbes. Unmissable!

''Starace with his fluent, effortless sound proved to be one of the outstanding instrumentalists of the whole festival.''

Ian Mann

'...Anyone who has experienced a glissando of language on the streets of Italy will understand the utter exuberance with which Italian-born Starace attacks and runs with the language of music'.

Paul Medley - The Oxford Times

'...The declamatory fierceness of his alto often calls Sonny Criss or Jackie McLean to mind'.

Chris Parker ,Londonjazz.blogspot.com

''Having seen Tommaso Starace live recently, I can thoroughly recommend him as bright toned altoist, best described as a latter Phil Woods.''

Martin Bright - Ukjazzradio.com

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