|Tommaso Starace - |
|Kelvin Christiane - |
|Chris Nickolls - drums|
|Andy Rock - Jazz Advisor|
|Roger Beaujolais - |
|Shane Alessio - Bass|
|Tommaso (left) and Christiane (right)|
It was an exchange on the later tune that strongly affected my mood and I believe epitomises the spirit of the evening. Christiane upon finishing his solo took a breather and the hand of Tommaso reached out to him, a sign of affection and admiration, the younger man touched his shoulder. You rarely see Jazzmen touch each other, maybe it is not the done thing, but this sign of tenderness made my knees buckle like the afore mentioned slalomer.
I was obviously not the only one swept away by the performance of Tommaso Starace and his group, the crowd at the Twickenham Jazz Club stood on their feet and applauded unreservedly upon the finale. We reached out to him in our humble way because his music had touched us with its tender grasp.