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British Jazz multi-instrumentalist - saxophones and fluteclick to share
Announcing the release ANOTHER KIND OF SOUL on The Last Music Company label. Our “Portrait of Cannonball” performances were recorded live over two nights at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019 by Paul Riley. The album also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums and traces the explosive music of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley from his first sessions as leader in the mid-1950s through his work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s. The album is available in limited edition vinyl—the medium of Adderley’s era—to best replicate the ambience of this recording—and in all digital formats.
– Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2005 -Album of the Year
– Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2008 – Best Instrumentalist
– Winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005 – Best Ensemble
– Nominee, Mobo Awards 2008
– Winner of the Jack Petchey Foundation Award 2015
– Winner of the Black Achievers Cultural, Music and Arts Award 2016
Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby’s “NuTroop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with include “US-3” The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers Rivbe Big band, Andrew Hill Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph Big band, Harry Connick JR, Byron Wallen‘s Indigo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane Configurations and Ornette Coleman. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand. He currently leads his own Tony Kofi Quartet, Tony Kofi Sphinx Trio, Future Passed Trio and is also the co-founder with Jonathan Gee of the Monk Liberation Front, a group that is dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. Tony’s latest project sees him performing with Alex Webb’s Café Society Swing, Arnie Somogyi’s Jump Monk, Larry Bartley’s JustUS Quartet, Adrian Reid Quartet, a double leaders project with Alan Barnes called Aggregation, Orphy Robinson’s Bobby Hutcherson songbook project, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, Jo Harrop’s Fever, Portrait of Cannonball (Music dedicated to Cannonball Adderley) Tony Kofi and the Organisation, a recent project which he co leads on the Baritone Saxophone.
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There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.