Tori Freestone

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: London


Saxophonist/flautist/violinist/composer Tori Freestone began her career aged 7 performing in folk clubs and now is much in demand, performing at the forefront of the European jazz scene.

In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and Arts Foundation Award for Jazz Composition. She received Arts Council support for her 2016/2019 Trio tours, 2017 tour with co-led sextet 'Solstice and 2018 tour with pianist Alcyona Mick plus a PRS Sustaining Creativity fund in 2020 for composition.

Her trio’s debut album ‘In the Chophouse’ (2014) achieved wide critical acclaim in the UK and abroad including ‘All About Jazz’ top 10 Jazz albums of the year and a commission by the EFG 2014 London Jazz Festival performed at the Purcell Rooms alongside Henry Texier. Her second Trio album ‘El Barranco’ (2016) was a Europe Jazz Network’s Jazz Media Chart top 10 pick and her third Trio album ‘El Mar de Nubes’ (2019) has garnered four star reviews in the UK, France, Germany, Austria and the States and was Jazz Album of the month in the Guardian newspaper .

Freestone features in many of the UK’s most exciting ensembles: The UK All Star Big Band with Hermeto Pascoal, Yazz Ahmed (featured soloist on her album Polyhymnia), Ingrid/Christine Jensen, Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra alongside Stan Sulzmann, London Jazz Orchestra (she holds the Tenor 1 chair), Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra, Ivo Neame (Phronesis) Quintet/Octet, US trumpeter Andre Canniere’s Sextet, Alec Dankworth's 'Spanish Accents', Rory Simmons alongside Jasper Hoiby and Jamie Cullum, Neil Yates’ ‘Surroundings’ alongside Iain Ballamy, the Asaf Sirkis Quartet, and Cuban group 'Orquesta Timbala'.

Freestone has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide including the North Sea, Elb, Cheltenham Jazz Festivals, La Zorro y El Cuevo (Cuba), the Bimhuis (Holland), Ronnie Scott's and the Royal Albert Hall. As a bandleader she has headlined at the Reykjavik (Iceland), Leibnitz (Austria), Sudtirol (Italy), London, Emotion (Germany), Haskovo (Bulgaria), La Laguna (Spain) and Manchester Jazz Festivals and the QEH, RFH, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Neumunster Cultural Centre (Luxembourg), Skein Jazz (Norway) the 606 Club and the Vortex. She has recorded live and given interviews for BBC Radio 2 and 3, Jazz FM, ORF (Austria National Radio), Radio Bremen, Jazzwise and Downbeat magazines.

She is a Borgani artist alongside the likes of Joe Lovano, Will Vinson and Tim Garland. She has lectured at Trinity College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University, is Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and tutors on the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School alongside Norma Winstone, Dave Holland and Soweto Kinch.

"Freestone has caused a stir far beyond the UK" Leibnitz Jazz Festival review, Austria

“Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound” The Guardian, UK

I will be following a program of online lessons to develop my skills as a musician and composer by undergoing study/mentoring opportunities with big band composers/arranger/copyists of International note in the UK and abroad, and with two Internationally acclaimed saxophonists.