British saxophonist, flautist and violinist Tori Freestone performs at the forefront of the UK music scene as both highly regarded bandleader and sidewoman. She has featured in a number of the UK’s most exciting contemporary bands: Ivo Neame's Quintet and Octet, Rory Simmons’ 'Fringe Magnetic', the London Jazz Orchestra, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, 'Compassionate Dictatorship' and the Cuban group 'Orquesta Timbala' alongside musicians such as Jasper Hoiby, James Maddren, Jamie Cullum, Rory Simmons, Andy Sheppard, Jim Hart and Jason Yarde to name a few. Freestone’s performance and session highlights to date include the Binhuis (Amsterdam), the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Haskovo Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Elb Jazz Festival (Germany), Sudtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), La Laguna Jazz Festival (Tenerife), Skein Jazz (Norway), the QEH, Ronnie Scott’s, La Zorro y El Cuervo (Havana, Cuba) plus tours of the UK, Portugal, Germany, Holland, The Canary Islands and Bulgaria and recordings for BBC Radio 3, FMR, Loop, Edition Records and Whirlwind Recordings. Years of touring extensively around the world with such talented musicians has meant that Freestone has truly honed her craft so it is unsurprising that her debut album, In the Chop House, was a widely anticipated release. The album and the coinciding extensive tour on it’s release has had rave reviews. She was also recently commissioned to compose a new work for the trio for the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival which was performed at the South Bank Centre alongside Henri Texier and the Hope Quartet.
"Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound", John Fordham, The Guardian 4 star review
“a flute and reeds player of nicely sinuous melodic invention” – The Telegraph