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Music - Jazz, Sun 18 Jun 2017

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre

Colchester Arts Centre


Colchester Arts Centre

01206 500900


Church Street,


Featuring Mornington Lockett and Andrea Vicari.

Formed by bassist Mick Sexton and drummer Trevor Taylor c1975, the original Torus - who played the club back in the 80s - were built around the prodigious piano talents of the late, great Pete Jacobsen, and also featured outstanding tenor man Gary Plumley.
A group with a cult following, Torus disbanded in 1989, only to reform again in 2011 - largely as a tribute to the memory of Pete, who sadly died in 2002. Filling the vacant piano seat on this occasion is the supremely talented Andrea Vicari, while the brilliant Mornington Lockett is on tenor sax.

Torus draws its inspiration from pioneering 80s groups such as vibist Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead - which featured the stellar line-up of Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd - and those formed by pianists Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea.

Specialising in the kind of exciting acoustic fusion that came out of New York in the 70s and 80s, Torus’ core repertoire still draws heavily on that legacy, although this is occasionally leavened by standards from the modern jazz canon. So expect a night full of funky, surprising and familiar tunes.

Described by the late Humphrey Lyttleton as “a brilliant young British talent”, and by the Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz as "one of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the UK, and an outstanding pianist”, Andrea is a composer of formidable range, with no less than seven albums to her credit.??

She’s also worked with GRP recording artist Philip Bent, Jazz Warrior David-Jean Baptiste, the all-women band, Birds (led by Kathy Stobart), the late, great American saxophone innovator Eddie Harris, and US trumpet legend Art Farmer.??

One of the country's most accomplished contemporary improvisers, with a fearsome technique and an advanced harmonic approach, Mornington’s prodigious talents have seen him perform with many British and international jazz artists, including Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott, Georgie Fame, Jimmy Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Hendricks, Dave Weckl, Bernard Purdie, Phil Upchurch, Jon Faddis and Jack DeJohnette. Back in the day, he accompanied legendary blues man Jimmy Witherspoon at the club.??

Aside from fronting his own groups, Mornington has also recorded albums with Shakatak, Sax Appeal, Janette Mason, Ronnie Scott, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Don Grusin, Martin Drew, Claire Martin, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Shalamar’s Jody Watley.

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 18 Jun 2017 19:00


Tickets £14 / £12 concessions.
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!



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Colchester Arts Centre Parking

The closest car park to the Arts Centre is St Mary's Car Park. Find out more about parking in Colchester.

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