Sunday, February 5th:
Tori Freestone Trio
A trio of just sax, bass and drums may sound like a dry prospect, but the widely admired composer, tenor saxophonist, flautist and violinist Tori Freestone makes it distinctive, exciting and playful - witness her two critically acclaimed CDs, In the Chop House, and El Barranco.
Tori’s playing is featured in a number of the UK’s most exciting contemporary bands, such as the London Jazz Orchestra, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Compassionate Dictatorship and Orquesta Timbala, while she’s also worked alongside musicians such as Jasper Hoiby, Jamie Cullum, Andy Sheppard and Jim Hart.
Tori is known for her robust tenor sound, as well as an ability to amalgamate into a variety of styles and musical contexts, while maintaining her highly personal and distinct voice. Her free-flowing, intelligent style highlights a great gift for melodic invention, harnessed by a trio currently on tour and playing at the top of their game.
Bassist Dave Manington has been in demand for a wide range of different ensembles in a variety of styles. He composed for and led his own jazz septet for several years, and now leads a quartet which is part of London’s LOOP collective.
Dave has also recorded albums and sessions as a sideman with luminaries such as John Etheridge, Gwilym Simcock, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Salena Jones and Roberto Pla.
Drummer Tim Giles has fulfilled the promise shown as a child prodigy and is now widely regarded as one of the most thrilling young contemporary jazz drummers in Europe.
Aged 12, Tim sat in with pianist Julian Joseph at the club in the 90s and also performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival. Two years later he was playing alongside Richard Fairhurst and Iain Ballamy. He was also a member of Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice and has recorded/played with Stan Sulzmann, Iain Ballamy, Julian Arguelles, the Perfect Houseplants and Tom Arthurs’ Centripede.
Check out this vid of the trio performing But Not for Me from Tori's debut CD, In The Chop House.
"Her sound is a personal one, developed from the many influences she has absorbed and fashioned into a bright, modern sound of today.” - Jazz Journal
"Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality
and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound." - The Guardian
". . . the three musicians gel together perfectly, exuding skill and harmony within an all-too-rarely heard chordless formation." -
All About Jazz on El Barranco ★★★★
"Freestone and her colleagues have established a remarkable mastery over the border territory where composition meets improvisation, and their collective sound is consistently intelligent and increasingly unique, with the folk elements a particularly distinctive component." - The Jazzman.com on El Barranco ★★★★
Tickets: £14 / £12 Concessions
Doors open 7.00pm. Music from 7.30pm