WYJO - Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra
Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and WYJO2 with special guest Enrico Tomasso (trumpet)
Tonight, WYJO and WYJO2 welcome Enrico Tomasso (trumpet).
Enrico Tomasso started playing the trumpet at age five after listening to Louis Armstrong play Basin Street Blues. His father, a well-known clarinetist in England, took him to meet many of the American jazz greats when they visited -- including Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, and Dizzy Gillespie. The most important meeting of all was with Louis Armstrong, for whom he played at age 7 during Louis’ last visits to England in 1968 and 1969. This led to a friendship which lasted for the remainder of Louis’ life.
Enrico later went on to study at the Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Enrico was a member of the Ken Macintosh Band, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the band of Ray Gelato. Enrico has also performed with the John Wilson Orchestra, Acker Bilk, Keith Nicolas, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Dankworth, Tommy Whittle, the Pizza Express All Stars, and Bryan Ferry to name a few. Enrico is considered one of the UK’s top jazz trumpeters and has won best trumpet category at the British Jazz Awards several times.
Sunday 29th April 2018 at 7pm
Tickets: £10 / £7.50 over 60s, students, under 16s and registered disabled
WYJO have performed at an impressive number of events and venues around the region including the Pershore and Upton jazz festivals, Huntingdon Hall, The Swan, No.8 and Artrix theatres, Caldwell Castle, Himley Hall, Symphony Hall and big band weekends in Hayling Island and Weston-Super-Mare. Averaging 10 public and private performances a year throughout the county and further afield, WYJO is certainly kept busy flying the flag for Severn Arts. WYJO has performed with Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Georgina Jackson, Trevor Emney, Pete Long, Mark Nightingale, John Ruddick MBE, Percy Pursglove and Julian Siegel. WYJO have recorded two CD’s,"The Horn Ultimatum” and “The Horn Legacy” and have also recorded the music for an episode of a Dutch children’s TV show "Dip & Dap".
They have toured abroad twice, playing gigs in Holland, Belgium, and Germany.
Many players in WYJO have gone on to study music at University and the following music colleges: Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Welsh College of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Conservatoire de Strasbourg. Two ex-WYJO members have been the UK Yamaha / All Party Parliamentary Jazz Award Scholars – Jonathan Davis and Alex Woods.
WYJO2 was started in 2008 to feed the main WYJO and continues to go from strength to strength, performing several independent gigs each year. WYJO2 have performed with: Alan Barnes, Pete Long, Enrico Tomasso, Georgina Jackson, Bruce Adams, John Ruddick MBE, Mark Nightingale and Trevor Emney in concert and have taken part in workshops at the Upton Jazz Festival with Andy Bain, Percy Pursglove, Jonathan Silk and Jeremy Price.