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Luca Stoll Quartet (Cambridge Jazz Festival)

Luca Stoll was born in Switzerland and started playing the cello when he was 9 years old. After hearing Paul Tortelier live, he decided to become a professional musician. At 15, he switched to tenor saxophone and jazz, and at 18 spent 6 months in New York City, attending each week the Barry Harris workshop.

Luca's first influences were Charlie Parker (whom he continues to study regularly), Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane (especially his Impulse period). With Branford Marsalis he worked on Lester Young's solos from the trio album with Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich, and this triggered a growing fondness for the sound and music of the great saxophonists of the 30's and 40's. 

Today most of the focus of Luca's study is on the music of Don Byas and of Coleman Hawkins.