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Tori Freestone Trio  -  Thu Jun 13, 2019  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
It’s a decade since saxophonist Tori Freestone made her Tyneside debut, as part of the quartet Compassionate Dictatorship, but it was the first appearance of her own trio in March 2014 that really opened listeners’ ears to the strength of her playing - melodic yet robust - and to a skill in composition and arrangement that created wonderful opportunities for her partners in the trio.

In the succeeding five years she and her band have gone from strength to strength, winning a string of awards, receiving rave reviews both for live and recorded performances, and touring extensively in Europe. The trio’s brand new album, ‘El Mar de Nubes’, marks another step in their progress, with an increasingly imaginative diversity in the compositions - unveiling folk, Latin and Cuban influences alongside such classic forbears as the Sonny Rollins Trio - and a collective freedom of expression that comes from the close rapport between Tori and her long-time colleagues Dave Manington and Tim Giles.

So it’s great to welcome them back to Newcastle, and to catch up with the buzz and excitement that their live performances unfailingly generate. Jazzwise magazine has called Tori “a hypnotically inventive . . . saxophonist worthy of more recognition”. This gig at the Black Swan will surely win more support for that view.

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from