Enrico Tomasso with Matt Palmer’s Blue Four

Date: 23rd May 2024

Considered one of today’s finest trumpeters, Enrico Tomasso started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, jazz clarinetist Ernie Tomasso, nurtured and encouraged his inherent talent and gave him every opportunity to hear and meet many jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Basie and Ellington bands. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong who he met and played for during Louis’ visit to Britain in 1968. This led to a correspondence and friendship until Louis’ death (You may have seen some of Enrico’s TV interviews about Louis).

He spent twelve years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra followed by long stints with Ray Gelato’s Giants and Acker Bilk’s Paramount Jazz Band. An exciting stage presence and a lively personality, combined with Enrico’s fine command of his instrument and stylistic invention place him among the finest jazz stars of today.

Enrico will be joined by Matt Palmer (reeds) with Brian Mellor (banjo & guitar) and Tim Jones (drums), both of whom are long-standing colleagues of Matt performing together regularly with the Eagle Jazz Band, we are also delighted to present legendary bassist Bill Coleman who has performed with several jazz greats including a long stint with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.