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Piero Tucci

Piano, Tenor and Alto Sax and Accordion

 

Canadian born Piero now lives in England.  A phenomenally gifted musician he has been a major figure on the Toronto music scene as music director, keyboardist, saxophonist, accordionist and arranger in many jazz and R&B bands. He has played with and backed a diverse range of musicians that include Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, The Drifters and 5th Dimension and has opened for James Brown.

"Piero Tucci is a jazzer's dream, as unpretentiously skillful on keys as he is on sax." Sandman magazine.

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Phil started his career with The Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra with which he toured extensively in the U.K. - and America and Poland. He has since backed many jazz artists including Bobby Shew, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, Don Lusher, Barbara Thompson and Kenny Baker. A phenomenally popular and busy drummer, Phil plays regularly with The Squadronnaires,The Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra,The Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK and The Kings of Swing Orchestra.

Phil Johnson

Drums

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With Nicola's trio you get a lot of musical talent that manages to pack a mighty punch for a seemingly small outfit as, although there are only three, between them they cover vocals, double bass, piano, sax, drums and percussion. Nicola Farnon manages to combine her exceptional talents of singing and playing bass with a delightfully original and very inclusively warm and witty performance: Piero Tucci - 'a jazzer's dream, as unpretentiously skilful on keys as he is on sax." Sandman magazine -  is breathtaking to behold - especially when he decides to play both instruments simultaneously; and Phil Johnson drives the whole performance with an intense and propulsive drumming feel that allows the overall song to shine through. Ultimately these three musicians combine to give a performance that will startle you with it's genuine love of music and melody.  They play an eclectic mixture of popular standards (and a few of Nicola's own very catchy originals); classy arrangements with a mixture of swing, latin and the moving, heart rending ballads that people never tire of. They all aim to enjoy themselves fully, to entertain joyfully - and to swing yer socks off!