Join us for an afternoon of free, live music with Tori Freestone ft Alcyona Mick, with support from the Harrison Dolphin Trio
2pm – 4pm
Live jazz with some of the UK’s best musicians and singers, curated by The Jazz Centre UK. What better way to while away a summer afternoon.
Café Valise – Pop Up: Seven Weeks of Summer
music, art, books, comedy, food, coffee, prosecco and more….
from Thursday 19 July – Sunday 2 Sept 2018
Open: every Thurs to Sun, 11am – 6pm (plus evening events)
Metal’s popular, travelling Café Valise returns to Chalkwell Hall complete with sunny veranda, stunning views over the Thames Estuary, art and music events, second hand book-shop and fully licenced bar and café.
For seven weeks of summer expect cake, coffee, cool drinks, snacks, prosecco, cocktails and a packed programme of things to see and do.
Freestone features in many of the UK’s most exciting ensembles: The UK All Star Big Band with Hermeto Pascoal, the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra, Ivo Neame’s Quintet/Octet, Andre Canniere’s Sextet, Rory Simmons, Neil Yates’ ‘Surroundings’, the Asaf Sirkis Quartet, the London Jazz Orchestra, ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’, Cuban group ‘Orquesta Timbala’ and a duo with pianist Alcyona Mick alongside musicians such as Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzman, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Jim Hart, Julian Siegel, Jasper Hoiby, Jamie Cullum, Andy Sheppard and Jason Yarde. Performances include the Cheltenham, Brecon, North Sea, Haskovo (Bulgaria), Elb, Sudtirol, Leibnitz, La Laguna (Spain) Jazz festivals, the Binhuis, Ronnie Scott’s, La Zorro y El Cuervo (Cuba), DB museum (Nuremberg) plus tours of the UK, Canary Islands, Portugal, Norway, Germany and Austria and recordings/interviews for Jazz FM, Radio 3, Radio 2, Loop, Edition and Whirlwind Recordings. She leads her own trio and their debut album (2014) and second album ‘El Barranco’ (2016) attracted wide acclaim in the UK and abroad. Tori composed a commission for the trio for the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival which was performed at the QEH supporting Henri Texier and in she was shortlisted for the 2017 Arts Foundation Award for Jazz Composition and the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2017.
“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
Alcyona started playing piano at the age of three. She has been performing internationally for many years working regularly with Anglo/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, and has performed extensively in France in recent years. She is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirrored ensemble, John Warren Nonet, Duo with saxophonist Tori Freestone and special guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha, trio with Paul Clarvis/Stuart Hall, and has performed in Turkey for TRT music series with many Turkish artists. She has worked with a wide array of other musicians including Samy Bishai, Jerry Dammers Spatial aka Orchestra, Mircan Kaya, Noel Langley’s Edentide Ensemble, Ibrahim Maalouf, Macadi Nahhas, Zoe Rahman, Merit Ariane, Yazz Ahmed, Blink, Fae Simon.
As a composer she has a Master’s in Composing Music for Film from the National Film and Television School. She has written and produced music for many independent short films, documentaries, animation and silent cinema. She has released three albums: ‘Around the Sun’ (Audio-b) under her own name, and ‘Blink’ (Loop) and ‘Twice’ (Babel) with Blink and guest cellist Vincent Courtois. She also writes for the London Jazz Orchestra, a special duo project with saxophonist Tori Freestone, and an electronica project with Samy Bishai.
‘world class ingenuity’ the Guardian
‘Alcyona Mick is an unusual powerhouse of a talent’ – MOJO
HARRISON DOLPHIN TRIO
The Harrison Dolphin Trio is comprised of Southend and London-based musicians aged between 15 and 18 years old, producing music influenced heavily by Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Tadd Dameron and other great bebop musicians from the 1940’s – 1950’s.
Harrison is one of three UK musicians offered a space on the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Course in California, USA. The guitarist’s trio is becoming an increasing presence in jazz events around London and Southend, including recent performances at the Jazz Centre UK, Twenty One Southend, supporting Rob Luft at Club 85 and more — and with a constant lineup of saxophonist is Louis McPherson and bassist Lorenzo Morabito, audiences should be expecting a well-connected band of stylistic, instrumental and creative proficiency beyond the musicians’ years.