Tori regularly works with various Large ensembles including the London Jazz Orchestra performing with them at many of their Vortex Sunday sessions, the Julian Siegel Big Band with an album/tour due in March 2017, the Pete Hurt Big Band with a new album released in December 2015, the Miguel Gorodi Nonet and the E17 Large Ensemble, as well as performances with Big Bands that have been drawn together specially for commissions and festivals such as the Leeds College of Music Alumni Big Band under the direction of Nikki Isles (for the 50th anniversary celebrations at Leeds College of Music), Neil Yates's 'Surroundings' for the 2011 Manchester Jazz Festival commission and Hermeto Pascoal and the all star UK Big Band at the Barbican in 2016.
HERMETO PASCOAL AND ALL STAR UK BIG BAND
Tori is performing on 9 July at the Barbican as part of Composer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and improviser Hermeto Pascoal's all-star British ensemble led by Noel Langley in celebration of his 80th birthday year (see the full line-up below).
With an enormous musical imagination, Pascoal has no sense of musical barriers. His genre-hopping performances see him embrace orchestral music, Latin jazz, Brazilian music, rock and free improvisation – often within the same piece. And he changes instruments just as much, jumping between keyboard, accordion and saxophone. But his eccentric musicianship doesn’t limit him to conventional instruments – previous performances have seen him make music out of everything from a kettle, pints of beer and even a live pig.
For this show, his free-wheeling touring band is augmented by a specially assembled big band that brings together successive generations from the UK’s Jazz scene
Henry Lowther trumpet
Chris Batchelor trumpet
George Hogg trumpet
Tom Rees-Roberts trumpet
Becca Toft trumpet
Pete Beachill trombone
Richard Wigley trombone
Sarah Williams trombone
Richard Henry trombone
Owen Dawson trombone
Phil Todd saxophone
Jason Yarde saxophone
Tori Freestone saxophone
Chris Biscoe saxophone
Julian Siegel saxophone
Stuart Hall guitar, violin
Naadia Sheriff piano
Michael Mondesir bass
Mark Mondesir drums
LONDON JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Now in it’s twentieth year, the LJO, under the direction of jazz composer and educator Scott Stromann has included such luminaries as founder members Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Pete Saberton and Ian Carr in its ranks over the years, and the presemt powerful incarnation includes the innovative drummer Paul Clarvis, bassist Alec Dankworth, alto saxophonist Martin Speake, tenor saxophonist Pete Hurt and the poised and velvet-toned British trumpeter Henry Lowther. The music is composed and arranged by band members past and present and this music is showcased each month in the LJO’s regular Vortex Sunday sessions.
"The LJO is a band of top-flight professionals, totally committed to the music it presents and plays. Musicans in their day-to-day lives have to strike a balance, to juggle between the need to earn money and the deep compulsion to perform music of the highest quality at the highest level. And all the points in between. The LJO is at the quality-plus-commitment end of that particular spectrum…It's similar to the motivation of the classical players who respond to Claudio Abbado's call to perform in his Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Kenny Wheeler was a founder member of the orchestra. What was fascinating about this gig was to hear the music start to move away from him. Music of this quality will inevitably start to develop its own life away from the original dedicatees” - John Fordham, The Guardian
“The London Jazz Orchestra can easily stand comparison with the original Gil Evans orchestra of 1957. The LJO play together regularly while the Evans men included a large proportion of session musicians, and LJO members have been listening to these charts for years and didn't have to stop every few minutes and start another take (you can hear the tape splices on the 1957 recordings). They did the music proud, from delicate to deafening, with a superb 5 strong trumpet section led by Noel Langley. All were clearly enjoying the music. Paul Clarvis and Alec Dankworth were free to grin delightedly - all the other musicians had the encumbramance of an instruments either to their lips or in their mouths. Oren Marshall on tuba, who had been bemoaning the lack of good tuba parts seemed to be having the time of his life as he powered the brass from below with nimble melodic lines and rich tones." - London Jazz Blog (Vortex, November 21st 2010)
JULIAN SIEGEL BIG BAND
Tenor sax/flute/violin in a new big band directed by Julian Siegel which toured in March 2017.: The lineup includes Percy Pursglove, Henry Lowther, Claus Stoetter (NDR big band), Mike Chillingworth, Jason Yarde, Stan Sulzmann, Mark Nightingale, Mike Outram, Liam Noble, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo.
Tuesday March 14th Leicester, Wednesday March 15th Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre (Live recording for Jazz Now due for airing on April 3rd), Thursday March 16th - Ronnie Scotts, London,Friday March 17th Lincoln
Saturday March 18th Derby Jazz, 27 March - Birmingham
Miguel Gorodi Nonet
A stellar nonet featuring some of the most sought-after members of the young London scene, including George Crowley, Mike Chillingworth, Dave Hamblett and Conor Chaplin, the nonet plays music influenced by the likes of Steve Lehman, creating rich and complex textures from deceptively simple melodic and rhythmic motifs with some incredible improvising thrown in for good measure!
PETE HURT BIG BAND
Tori plays soprano sax and flute in Pete Hurt's big band which performs Pete's original compositions. The band features many of the core members of the London Jazz Orchestra such as saxophonist Josephine Davis (tenor), Mick Foster (baritone), Martin Hathaway (alto), Robbie Robson, Henry Lowther and Noel Langley (trumpets) plus Kate Williams (piano) Mick Hutton/Alec Dankworth (bass) and Jon Scott on drums. They are due to release an album in December 2015.
LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC ALUMNI BIG BAND
Directed by Nikki Isles, this big band is made up of alumni from the Leeds College of Music jazz course such as Andy Schofield, Rob Mullarkey and Robbie Robson culminating in a concert in the Venue in Quarry Hill, Leeds in October 2015.
E17 Large Ensemble
Formed in Autumn 2009 to play new music specifically written for the band by pianist Liam Noble, as well as original compositions by the members of the ensemble (all the musicians are based in the area and core members of the collective), the band performed at the London Jazz Festival in November 2009. In 2014 they performed new work by Hans Koller which was premiered at Kings Place and featured at the Barbican during the London Jazz Festival.
Line up: Brigitte Beraha (voice), Carlos Lopez-Real (alto sax / clarinet), Tori Freestone (tenor sax / flute), Rachel Musson (tenor sax / flute), Josh Kemp (tenor sax), Adam Bishop (baritone sax / bass clarinet), Joe Auckland (trumpet), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Gavin Broom (trumpet), John Turville (piano), Jez Franks (guitar), Dave Manington (bass) and Nick Smalley / Tim Giles (drums).