Jean Toussaint Quartet
Jean Toussaint saxo, Antonio Mazzei piano, Horacio Fumero duouble bass, Marc Miralta drums.
Jean Toussaint is undoubtedly one of the great tenors in recent jazz history. Born in Aruba (Netherlands Antilles) in 1960, he became known in the early 1980s when drummer Art Blakey called on him to be part of the legendary Jazz Messengers. It was the beginning of a glorious career with peers such as Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller, Lonnie Plaxico and Donald Edwards and historic jazz figures including Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis. Cedar Walton and Max Roach. Toussaint is known for his skilful phrasing, extraordinary ability to improvise and an amazing instrumental technique. Over the years, he has won the trust of many established musicians. The specialist critics have seen in Jean Toussaint a continuation of the modern tenor sax style similar to that led in their day by musicians like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Toussaint has lived in Europe since 1987, currently between London and Catalonia, where he leads a magnificent quartet completed by double bass player Fumero, pianist Mazzei and drummer Xirgu – in this concert replaced by Marc Miralta.