Baritone saxophonist/composer Alicia Gardener-Trejo has been active on the jazz scene since 2007. Whilst at Birmingham Conservatoire, she studied with Iain Dixon, Mike Williams, Hans Koller and John Taylor. She played alongside Gary Smulyan and Norma Winstone in the Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra and in 2013, took the baritone chair in Arnie Somogyi's Mingus Big Band project.
Alicia's inspiration as a composer comes from jazz artists including Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz, but also draws on influences from Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok and the music of Carl Stalling.
At this event we will be collecting donations of Menstrual Products, Tampons and Pads for Cysters - a charity dedicated to ending Period Poverty in the local area & promoting health conversations around Sex Education. Menstrual Products, Tampons and Pads are distributed by Cysters to local schools and homeless shelters to reduce lost school days for young women & prevent tough choices between food and periods.