Thomas ‘Tommy Tornado’ Streutgers is perhaps the youngest saxophone star in the Netherlands.
A saxophone player so closely connected with his instrument that – during the 31 years he is – has blown more air through his mouthpiece than someone his age would have exhaled normally!
In 1997, Tommy Tornado won the Big Boss Jazz Award at just 17 years old and ever since his star is rising. With several bands he tours (music) stages throughout Europe.
He played in the ska / rocksteady / reggae formation Rude Rich & the Highnotes with which he toured and made records with legendary Jamaican artists such as Rico Rodiguez, Derrick Morgan, Alton Ellis, Dennis Alcapone, The Heptones, Ernest Ranglin, Winston Francis and U-Brown all over Europe and Japan.
Recently he brought over one of his biggest hero’s ‘King of the Honkers’ Big Jay McNeeley to Europe, who he invited to play with his jumpjazz formation JZZZZZP.
This resulted in much talked-about performances such as the Haarlem Jazzfestival, the television show Vrije Geluiden (VPRO) and the release of their live CD in 2011!
Currently, Tommy Tornado is playing with 3 different bands, including JZZZZZP, The Soulsnatchers and The Busquito’s, Besides that he’s touring all over the world with acts like The Toasters (USA), Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation a.o.
Tommy released his well received solo record “Sunrise” in 2009 on which he was assisted by members of The Highnotes. The album contains guest performances of Rico Rodriguez, Ernest Ranglin and Winston Francis, Dennis Alcapone and many others.
The press about Sunrise: “….Great album!!!”- Oor magazine (NL) , “…. Record of the year” – DJ Tin Wish Tin (NL) , “….. impressive record”- Heaven Magazine (B) , “This album rocks!!!” – Fret Magazine (NL), “A must for every reggae
lover” – Irie Ites (D), “Sounds like a Jamaican recording” – Reggae.be (B), “Killer Roots Reggae Rhythms” – Do The Dog Magazine (UK), “A Very Good Album” – Boss Sounds Magazine (SPAIN), “Sublime” – Irie Up magazine (UK) “Tommy Tornado is the best ska\reggae saxophonist in the world!!!!” – Rocking Steady Magazine (D), “My favorite album” – Feel The Afterbeat Magazine (NL)
It is a record with mainly reggae sounds on which Tommy proves that he is not only a great performing artist but also an excellent songwriter.
Early 2012 Tommy will release his next solo album “Cool Down” containing 10 killer roots reggae tracks!! Once more there are features of artists like Mr.Tbone (Italy), Ebou Gaya Mada (Gambia) and Awwa (The Netherlands).
Tommy Tornado played festivals like “Haarlem Jazz Festival, Haarlem”, “Valkhof Affaire, Nijmegen”, “De Zwarte Cross, Lichtenvoorde”, “Rototom Sunsplash, Spain”.
Tommy will present his solo albums to the audience on several stages and festivals in Europe and the USA. It promises to be a series of exciting shows (on which) Tommy Tornado’s tropical sounds will warm up the cool European night air!Definitely a must-see for every reggae\jazz lover !!!