'Tommy Tornado' aka Thomas Streutgers is a unique saxophone player who has played reggae and jazz from a young age. Together with The Clerks, one of Germany’s most accomplished Ska & Reggae Bands, Tommy has just released a brand new (mostly) instrumental reggae-jazz album, Back on Track.
When he was only 17 years, in 1997, Tommy Tornado won the Big Boss Jazz Award and his star has been rising every since. In 1998 he joined Rude Rich & The High Notes and helped them develop into one of Europe’s top bands in the genre, contributing his inventive sax sounds as well as his songwriting skills.
Since then Tommy has toured the world with, recorded for and learned from many of the greatest protagonists of Jamaican and international reggae, including Derrick Morgan, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Lee Scratch Perry, Meta & The Cornerstones, Aswad, Dennis Alcapone, U Brown, Rico Rodriguez, Winston Francis, Ernest Ranglin, Western Standard Time Orchestra, Victor Rice and many more.
His first two solo albums, Sunrise (2009) and Cool Down (2011) featured guest appearances by Jamaican veteran luminaries such as Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone and Winston Francis.
In 2014, Tommy was invited to play Freedom Sounds Festival in Cologne, but didn’t have a backing band. So the festival promoters introduced him to Cologne’s finest purveyors of Jamaican ska and early reggae, The Clerks. It turned out to be a match made in offbeat heaven. More shows together followed and now it is time for a brand new album…
“Back on Track”, which also features a guest appearance by King Django (Stubborn Allstars, NY) as well as three dubs by Dubcreator, is Tommy Tornado`s most conclusive work so far, not least because it is a true band effort. For reggae connoisseurs, this record is on par with some of the greatest albums of instrumental jazz reggae by artists like Cedric Brooks & The Light of Saba, Rico Rodriguez or Tommy McCook and The Skatalites.
Tommy Tornado & The Clerks waren beim Summerjazz-Onlinefestival 2020 mit dabei und haben für den SummerJazz das folgende Video produziert: