The trio had a great gig at the Cockpit Theatre in London last week (pictured here talking to Jazz FM's Chris Phillips) before heading off to the South West. The tour with the Ivo Neame Quintet has also started in the South West, and our only London date is on Saturday 8 Oct at Cafe POSK in Hammersmith, so don't miss out! The Andre Canniere Sextet will also begin touring starting with the Album launch at Pizza Express on Monday 10 October. More info can be found on the dates page. Check in for an update on all this and more very soon!
It's been a great summer with many highlights - performing with all time hero Hermeto Pascoal in the UK All Star Big Band at the Barbican, releasing the new trio album 'El Barranco' to rave reviews and having the opportunity to playing at various festivals with 'Solstice', the trio and Alcyona Mick. The Autumn brings on a period of touring with various projects. The trio will play their last London date on Monday the 26th at 'Jazz in the Round' hosted by Jez Nelson (pictured above) before heading off for dates in various areas of the UK including dates in the South West, Wales and the Marsden Jazz Festival. Check out more on the tour on the dates page. The Ivo Neame Quintet featuring Tori and Jim Hart are on the road again with dates all over the UK (check out the dates here), and Andre Canniere's new sextet featuring Tori, Brigitte Beraha and Ivo Neame will be completing an album release tour for the new CD 'The Darkening Blue' (dates here).
More on all the tours, reviews and news coming soon so watch this space!
July has been an inspiring month. The Hermeto Pascoal gig at the Barbican with the UK All Star Big Band, then the Llandudno Jazz Festival which was a real success and it was a treat to play with Jim Hart on our quartet debut featuring the music of Joe Henderson. The trio had a great album launch at the 606 and some lovely gigs including Marlborough jazz Festvial and one at E17 Jazz with the amazing Jason Rebello, and we're looking forward to touring the UK and a few more London dates from September onwards.
The Manchester Jazz Festival was also a great even as always, and the 'Solstice' gig had a great review in London Jazz. Tori will be back in Manchester on 13 Aug at St Ann's Church with the Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick duo after the success of their gig at the same venue during the festival last year. It's extremely probable that another trip to the 'Chophouse' will be on the cards :-)
The tour has started, the album has just been released and this week will be the album launch at the 606 club in Chelsea (27 July). The trio will also be playing with Jason Rebello at E17 Jazz on the 26th July. Tour dates are on the dates page, and pictured here on the tour poster.
More dates and touring are on the horizon very soon including a concert at St Ann's Church, Manchester on the 13 Aug with the Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick duo and UK tours with the Ivo Neame Quintet and Andre Canniere. Watch this space for further info.
The trio tour got off to a great start with a gig in the Marlborough Jazz Festival. Tori will also feature at a number of other festivals in July including the Manchester Jazz Festival on the 23rd with the co lead project 'Solstice' featuring Brigitte Beraha and John Turville (pictured above) and with the Tori Freestone/Jim Hart Quartet in the LLandudno Jazz Festival, North Wales. More news on the rest of the trio tour dates and album launch coming very soon, so watch this space!
The new trio album 'El Barranco' is released today and the tour starts with a performance at Marlborough Jazz Festival this evening. There have already been some lovely reviews including a 4 star Guardian review and a four star All About Jazz Review too. Check out more info and listen to audio clips of the album here and tour dates here (big thanks to Arts Council England for their support). The front cover is pictured above which features my beloved Mount Teide in Tenerife, penned when I first went out there at the age of 15. The back cover is a sketch penned by my good self a few months before the album release - I won't mention my age at that point :-)
To see the back cover sketch you'll just have to buy the album :-) xx
Lots of very exciting news for July. The album release of 'El Barranco' is imminent and the trio will be touring the UK right through until early 2017. Check out the tour dates here
There's an interview with Tori about the new album on BBC 3's 'Jazz Now' program with Emma Smith, which can be heard on catch up here
Other exciting news for July - Tori will be performing with one of her all time heroes, the Brazilian composer and multi instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal (pictured above) at the Barbican on 9 July. More info and tickets can be found on the Barbican website. She'll also be performing at various festivals including Marlborough Jazz Festival with her trio, the Manchester Jazz Festival with 'Solstice' (see earlier posts or the projects pages for more info), and at the LLandudno festival in a co led project with Jim Hart.
More album news and reviews to come so watch this space!
The Tori Freestone trio are due to release the new album 'El Barranco' on July 15th, with a coinciding tour of the UK including a launch gig at the 606 club which should be a great night, and dates in Germany/Austria too. Check out the dates page here for further info. There'll be a little tour warm up gig at E17 jazz on Tuesday 14th June with some wine, fizz and various other treats provided courtesy of the collective so it should be a nice pre tour celebration! For those of you that may need more sustenance, you can bring your own to the venue - even better!
You can hear samples of the album here There's a little suprise extra on the last track too. Stay tuned for more news and info as the tour progresses.
Lots of exciting news for the forthcoming months and 2016The new trio album 'El Barranco' has just been mixed and mastered and is due for release on 'Whirlwind' recordings in July. More news and updates to come on that very soon. Other album releases are imminent too, including an album by the co-lead project 'Solstice' (featuring Brigitte Beraha on vocals and John Turville on piano amongst others) which will be released on the 'Two Rivers' record label, and another Whirlwind recordings release with Andre Canniere's exciting transatlantic quintet featuring Ivo Neame, Ted Poor, Brigitte Beraha and Michael Janisch. Check back here for regular updates.
Picture above is of 'Solstice', still smiling after a heavy day in the studio :-)
The trio went back into the studio before Xmas to record a second album which is due for release on 'Whirlwind recordings' later this year, and we'll be touring around that time. Check back here for regular updates. There'll be a few preview gigs beforehand including tonight at Cafe Jazz Posk (see poster above) so keep an eye out on the dates page.
Other news -
The recording with Andre Canniere's sextet featuring Ted Poor, Ivo Neame, Michael Janisch and Brigitte Beraha is sounding beautiful and we had a great gig at the Vortex. There'll be an album launch at Kings Place and tour dates in Oct/Nov.
The 'Solstice' album (featuring Brigitte Beraha andJohn Turville) is currently being mixed and mastered and there'll be tour dates in 2016/17. We have a gig at Pizza Express on 31 March. Check out the dates page for others.
Further dates too with Ivo Neame's Quintet and the duo with Alcyona Mick. An exciting 2016 ahead!
After honing a second album's worth of material over the past year or so at various festivals, venues and in Tori's living room, the trio have been in the studio recording this week. They're excited to announce that they'll be releasing the album on 'Whirlwind recordings' in the early summer 2016. In the meantime, you can also check out other recording work that Tori has recently been featured on. The Ivo Neame Quintet featuring Tori and Jim Hart, released the album 'Strata' in 2015, and they were recently at the BBC Maida Vale studios recording for the Jamie Cullum's radio 2 program which you can check out here -
More album releases are on their way too, with Tori featuring on flute and soprano on the new Pete Hurt Big Band album and on flute and tenor with 'Solstice' featuring Brigitte Beraha and John Turville. She's also about to go into the studio in the new year to record with Andre Canniere's new band. Another exciting year on the horizon, so check in regularly for more updates!
After a busy summer with dates including the Vortex (you tube clip featured above) and the Sudtirol Jazz festival, Tori and the trio are soon to go back into the studio to record their second album. Check back here for more news on that soon. Tori has also been busy performing in a variety of projects including performances at the Manchester Jazz Festival featuring dates with Neil Yates's 'Surroundings Revisited' featuring Iain Ballamy (playing music from the 'Surroundings project' which had originally inspired the music for Tori's album 'In the Chophouse') and with a new duo collaboration with pianist Alcyona Mick, featuring music from 'In the Chophouse' at St Ann's Church in Manchester (opposite Mr Thomas' Chophouse coincidentally) as well as a reunion project playing violin in the Cuban band 'La Timbala'.
As well as the new trio album, there are some exciting new projects on the horizon for Tori including an album launch tour with fellow Whirlwind artist Ivo Neame Quintet in October featuring a live recording for Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show, and a new project with another fellow Whirlwind artist Andre Canniere featuring Brigitte Beraha, John Turville, Dave Manington and Tim Giles which will premiere at the Vortex on 4 October. She will also feature with Nikki Isles and the Leeds College of Music Legacy Big Band in October and with Pete Hurt's big band in December launching their recently recorded album, plus there are further dates for the trio and the duo with Alcyona including dates in the Lancaster and London Jazz Festivals - there's more on all this on the dates page.
Tori will be featured on a number of dates throughout the festival. On the 2nd Aug at 8pm at the Festival Pavilion Tori will be playing violin in a reunion gig with the fantastic Cuban band 'Orquesta Timbala'. It's the first time they've all played together for many years and the great rumbero Santiago Garzón Rill, better known as Chaguito, has travelled over from Cuba for the occasion. At 1pm on the 4th Aug she'll be playing at St Ann's Church in a new collaboration with pianist Alcyona Mick and then on the 8th Aug at the Central library with Neil Yates' 'Surroundings Revisited' project featuring Iain Ballamy. The 'Surroundings' Project was the inspiration behind the 'In the Chop House' album. With all these collaborations old and new the festival's going to be a particularly special occasion this year and it's their 20th birthday too!
You can listen to a track of Tori on violin featuring Chaguito and members of 'La Timbala' here:
Tori and the trio have been busy playing at home and abroad. They just returned from the Sudtirol Jazz Festival in Italy (pictured) where they had an amazing time playing, but also managed to find time to hike n the beautiful mountains, swim in a few lakes and of course sample some of the fantastic wine from the region! The next gig is on the 27th July at the Vortex, London which is possibly the last gig before they go into the studio to record a second album in September. More news on that soon as well as news of Tori's upcoming projects and collaborations in the Manchester Jazz Festival coming soon!
After a great tour with the Ivo Neame Quintet, the reviews have been rolling in, including a four star guardian review, a four and a half star all about jazz review and a live review by jazzwise magazine. There'll be more opportunities to see the quintet later in the year, but for now the trio are busy this month playing at the Sudtirol Jazz Festival in Italy and a London date at the Vortex later in the month. The Manchester Jazz Festival is fast approaching too and is in it's 20t year! Tori will feature in two concerts - on violin in a reunion concert with the Cuban band 'La Timbala on the 2nd August and a new collaboration with Alcyona Mick in St Ann's Church on 4 August. The church happens to be next door to the Chophouse, so there'll certainly be a trip to the pub involved at some point in the proceedings!
Lots of nice tours, projects and festivals are on the horizon for the rest of 2015, starting with an album release tour with the Ivo Neame Quintet (pictured) including dates at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and in the South West, some lovely festival gigs with the trio including a performance at the Sudtirol Jazz Festival in Italy, and some UK dates with a new collaboration with Alcyona Mick (more news on that to come so check here soon for further updates). Tori will be recording with the Pete Hurt big band in June and another collaboration is coming to fruition too - 'Solstice' a sextet featuring Brigitte Beraha on vocals and John Turville on piano have just finished mixing the new album. 'Alimentation' and dates are already on the horizon for early 2016 including a tour of Norway. More updates on all this and more coming soon!
Lots of exciting projects, news and reviews are coming up in April for Tori and the trio, including performances at the Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival on 28 March and Kings Place on 11 April. Check out more on the dates page. The reviews and articles keep rolling in too! An interview with Tori on Chris Phillips' radio show on Jazz FM is scheduled to be aired in April, the Austrian magazine 'Concerto' has reviewed the album for their April edition, and Jazzwise features a 'Whirlwind Recordings' CD sampler (which features a track from the trio as well as some of the fantastic musicians who have recorded for Whirlwind over the years) and a feature on this exciting and successful transatlantic label to celebrate their fifth anniversary. Definitely worth investing in a copy!Read More
2014 has been such a great year for the trio with the album release/tour and performances in jazz festivals in the UK and abroad. Some highlights have been the La Laguna Jazz Festival in Tenerife (see pic above plus clips and an interview in Spanish can be seen on the reviews/interviews page), the Manchester Jazz Festival where we got to revisit Mr Thomas' Chop House' once again and last but not least the Purcell rooms performance supporting Henri Texier at the EFG London Jazz Festival where I played the piece I had been commissioned to write especially for the event. The piece was based on a folk song about London and the river and there were some great reviews which can be found on the reviews/interviews page (there's also an interview about the project on there too).
The album reviews have been astounding, and 'In the Chop House' made it into the All About Jazz top 10 albums of 2014!
2015 should be just as exciting with a new album by the Ivo Neame Quintet (in which I play tenor and flute) being released and a coinciding tour later in the year. Another project 'Solstice' which is a sextet featuring Brigitte Beraha on vocals, John Turville on piano and myself on flute and saxes has recently been recorded. There'll be more news on that soon! The trio should be back in the studio at some point in 2015 too to record a second album with all the new material we've accumulated during 2014!
Happy New Year - let's hope it's even better than 2014 was!
The EFG London Jazz Festival starts on Friday 14th November, and there'll be some great gigs coming up. The trio are performing at the South Bank Centre on Sunday 16th November performing a new work by Tori commissioned especially for the event. The trio are also playing in the festival the week after and have been mentioned in 'Time Out' as one of the top ten picks (see above). Other gigs include the Barbican Centre with the E17 large ensemble and at E17 Jazz in Walthamstow with 'Solstice' featuring Brigitte Beraha and John Turville which will be a double bill with 'ST Fusion' a great band who'll have travelled all the way over from Tenerife for this special event! For more info go to the dates page or Tori's facebook page.