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image for Music - Jazz item typeAlcyona Mick & Tori Freestone + Essex Youth Jazz

Music - Jazz, Sun 4 Feb 2018




This project between pianist Alcyona Mick and saxophonist Tori Freestone is a very special one. Not only are they busy composers and band leaders in their own right, together they have created a musical duo of great empathy and beauty.

After working together on the London jazz scene in various large ensembles and then travelling together to work on a project in the Canary Islands in 2014 - where they played Thelonius Monk tunes and wrote some of their own - this talented pair decided to fuse their unique writing styles and improvisational approaches to explore some new material and contemporary standards with a twist, resulting in their forthcoming debut CD.

With a trio of albums to her credit, Alcyona has been performing internationally for many years, working regularly with Arabic artist Natacha Atlas. She is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra - for whom she also writes - the John Warren Nonet, and has a trio with Paul Clarvis and Stuart Hall.

Alcyona has performed on Turkish TV with many of that country's artists, and with a wide variety of other musicians, including pianist Zoe Rahman, Jerry Dammers' Spatial Orchestra and rising trumpet star Yazz Ahmed. She has also composed music for many independent short films, documentaries and silent cinema.

Last here with Solstice and previously with her trio, Tori’s playing is featured in a number of the UK’s most exciting contemporary bands, such as the London Jazz Orchestra, Compassionate Dictatorship and Orquesta Timbala, while she’s also worked alongside musicians such as Jasper Holby, Jamie Cullum, Andy Sheppard and Jim Hart.

With two CDs under her belt, Tori is known for her robust tenor sound, as well as an ability to amalgamate into a variety of styles and musical contexts, while maintaining her highly personal and distinct voice. Her free-flowing, intelligent style highlights a great gift for melodic invention.

Supporting are the Essex Youth Jazz Sextet, comprising talented members from the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra. Martin Hathaway (Director), Jack O’Gorman (Alto Sax), Kerensa Newcombe (Trumpet), Ina Kruger (Trombone), Will Hobson (Piano), Harrison Dolphin (Double Bass), Joe Ward Threadwell (Drums).

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 4 Feb 2018


Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three jazz gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm


Colchester Arts Centre


Church Street,



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Colchester Arts Centre Parking

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By Public Transport

Many buses that come into Colchester Town Centre Colchester stop on Head Street and the High Street, which are both just a few minutes' walk from the venue.

The closest train station is Colchester Town Station, a 15 minute walk from the Arts Centre. Colchester North Station is a 20 minute walk away (follow the Fixing the Link walking trail) or only a 10 minute journey by bus.

There are bike racks at the Arts Centre.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality