Washington 2023: Seattle Jazz Vespers – Quartet with Jay…

Francesco Crosara, piano
Jay Thomas, trumpet & saxophone
Phil Sparks, bass
Milo Petersen, drums

Italian-born jazz pianist Francesco Crosara will appear at Seattle Jazz Vespers with an All-Star Quartet, featuring Seattle luminaries Jay Thomas on trumpet, sax, flute, Phil Sparks on bass, and  Milo Petersen on drums.

Originally from Milan, Francesco Crosara’s music melds an impressive mix of jazz improvisation, a romantic vein from his classical training, along with Latin influences. Francesco stands among the European-bred jazz greats, performing over the years with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Lilian Terry, and more. His recordings have featured a multicultural and international array of musicians.

“A pianist who originally hails from Italy, Crosara is well-versed in bop lore, and his delicate flow might indicate a debt to Bill Evans.” – Down Beat

“Crosara’s compositions are considerate of their audience, providing a source of joy, comfort, escape, and healing. Crosara believes jazz is a collective experience and a living language that distills a multitude of identities, backgrounds, and personalities.”  Earshot Jazz

Graphic and photography by Julia Crosara