Tori Freestone wins in the jazz ensemble category at the 2022 Ivors Composers Awards

Saxophonist Tori Freestone is among the 12 Ivor Novello Awards winners at this year's Ivors Composer Awards. It was a Freestone first time win at the awards which were presented last night at the British Museum. The saxist won in the Jazz Ensemble …

Published: 16 Nov 2022. Updated: 2 months.

Saxophonist Tori Freestone is among the 12 Ivor Novello Awards winners at this year's Ivors Composer Awards. It was a Freestone first time win at the awards which were presented last night at the British Museum. The saxist won in the Jazz Ensemble category for her work 'Birds Of Paradise' which was premiered by pianist Alcyona Mick at last year's London Jazz Festival.

'Birds of Paradise' was inspired by birdsong during the pandemic. The Ivors jury comments noted that the work is ''rhythmically alluring, energetic and brilliantly performed”. The awards will be broadcast during BBC 3's New Music Show on Saturday night at 10pm.

The other winners spanning classical and sound art were:

  • Chamber Ensemble – Brett Dean for 'Madame ma bonne sœur'

  • Choral – Joanna Marsh for 'All Shall Be Well'

  • Community and Participation – Liz Dilnot Johnson for 'When A Child Is A Witness – Requiem For Refugees'

  • Large Ensemble – Cheryl Frances-Hoad for 'Scenes From The Wild'

  • Orchestral – Rebecca Saunders for 'to an utterance'

  • Small Chamber – Laurence Crane for 'Natural World'

  • Sound Art – Hannah Conway for The Sound Voice Project: 'Paul, I Left My Voice Behind' and 'Tanja'

  • Stage Works – Thomas Adès for 'Dante'

  • Academy Fellowship – Judith Weir

  • Outstanding Works Collection – Sir George Benjamin

  • Innovation Award – Talvin Singh

Tori Freestone, photo: via the Ivors

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Nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards announced live from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles earlier include these jazz categories: Improvised Jazz Solo “Rounds (Live)” — Ambrose Akinmusire, soloist; Track from: New Standards Vol. 1 (Terri Lyne …

Published: 15 Nov 2022. Updated: 2 months.

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Nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards announced live from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles earlier include these jazz categories:

Improvised Jazz Solo

“Rounds (Live)” — Ambrose Akinmusire, soloist; Track from: New Standards Vol. 1 (Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens)

“Keep Holding On” — Gerald Albright, soloist

“Falling” — Melissa Aldana, soloist; Track from: 12 Stars

“Call Of The Drum” — Marcus Baylor, soloist

“Cherokee/Koko” — John Beasley, soloist; Track from: Bird Lives (John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band)

“Endangered Species” — Wayne Shorter & Leo Genovese, soloist; Track from: Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival (Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese & esperanza spalding

Jazz Vocal Album

The Evening : Live At APPARATUS — The Baylor Project

Linger Awhile — Samara Joy

Fade To Black — Carmen Lundy

Fifty — The Manhattan Transfer With The WDR Funkhausorchester

Ghost Song — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Instrumental Album

New Standards Vol. 1 — Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens

Live In Italy — Peter Erskine Trio

LongGone — Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade

Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival — Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese & esperanza spalding

Parallel Motion — Yellowjackets

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Bird Lives — John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band (John Beasley, Magnus Lindgren & SWR Big Band)

Remembering Bob Freedman — Ron Carter & The Jazzaar Festival Big Band Directed by Christian Jacob

Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra — Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Center Stage — Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Ronnie Cuber & WDR Big Band Conducted By Michael Abene

Architecture Of Storms — Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly Of Shadows

Latin Jazz Album

Fandango At The Wall In New York — Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective

Crisálida — Danilo Pérez Featuring The Global Messengers

If You Will — Flora Purim

Rhythm & Soul — Arturo Sandoval

Música De Las Américas — Miguel Zenón

The Grammy ceremony is to be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and takes place on 5 February 2023

Samara Joy photo: Verve