Tori teller’s night

Birmingham Jazz presents another night of quality music.

The usual venue, 1,000 Trades, will host what promises to be another top band on Friday 2nd February in the form of saxophonist Tori Freestone. The gig features Tori’s own trio playing her repertoire which explores the openness that the saxophone trio allows while taking inspiration from some of the non-chordal sax led trios of the moment. The group dynamic has culminated into a programme of music that has been developed over the last few years resulting in a new CD as a leader.

Tori is a saxophonist, flautist and violinist who has been performing at the forefront of the British improvised music scene as both a side woman and highly regarded bandleader for over a decade. Her multi-faceted skills have seen her work as a core member with such diverse bands as the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet, Andre Canniere Sextet, Compassionate Dictatorship (her own co-led group with Jez Franks), Loop Collective’s Rory Simmons as well as artists such as the Cuban group Orquesta Timbala, singer Brigitte Beraha, saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard and trumpeter Neil Yates.

Indeed, this wealth of experiences has shaped Freestone’s playing and composing and this is highly evident on her debut. A robust tenor sound, melodic invention and a balance between wit and playfulness in her original songs mark Freestone’s music out, not to mention a strong willingness to blur the lines between the written and improvised. Her new CD has been recorded for Freestone’s first appearance as a leader on Whirlwind Recordings.

1000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HE. Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5