Ricardo Toscano Quartet (with guest Diogo Duque)

At only 21, Ricardo Toscano is already a serious case in the Portuguese Jazz scene.

The passion for music started early, or did not like his father, also a musician, to pack his birthplace to the sound of Jazz - a privilege that not all babies can enjoy!

At an early age awakened to the music and directly to this musical style. One of the earliest memories that he has is to be fascinated by hearing Coltrane's "Blue Train". He was seven.

It was around this time that he initiated to the study of the clarinet, because it was an appropriate instrument to his stature, but the saxophone had mastered his mind. He studied at several schools, including the National Conservatory, the Metropolitan Vocational School and the Jazz School Luiz Villas-Boas, where he improved his saxophone domain with Desidério Lázaro. They have in common the fact that they have dawned in the S. Luiz Jazz Festival - Toscano was distinguished as saxophonist revelation with only 16.

In 2011 he formed his Quartet, which came out as the winner of the Young Musicians Award, sponsored by Antena 2 radio, in the category of Jazz. From then until the presentation at Estoril Jazz, only João Pereira, on drums, stays from the original line up. The piano will be occupied by João Pedro Coelho, and the bass by Romeu Tristão.

Toscano has integrated various formations, including The Mingus Project and Nelson Cascais Decatet. He dreams of recording as a leader, but assumes that the group needs to mature. He also considers himself composer, although he confesses that this aspect needs more work and dedication, which is understandable at a musician of such a young age. In his imagination there is also the dream of working with big Portuguese names like Mário Laginha and André Fernandes, and foreign ones like Joey Calderazzo, Wynton Marsalis and Joe Lovano.

The young musician shows hope in the future of Jazz in Portugal, which he considers to be full of young people to play more and better. For its part, he wants to devote himself to composition and improvement in the chosen instrument, the alto saxophone.