British Jazz multi-instrumentalist sax player Tony Kofi brings a young quartet of musicians to play the music of one of the most original musicians in jazz Thelonious “Sphere” Monk. Support: Olivia Cuttill Quartet
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” – Jazzwise
“Passionate… superb… heartfelt” – The Guardian
British Jazz multi-instrumentalist sax player Tony Kofi brings a young quartet of musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to play the music of one of the most original musicians in jazz Thelonious “Sphere” Monk. With a future star band of young musicians Matt Jacobs piano, Billy Rowlatt trumpet, Myra Brownbridge bass, Matt Holmes drums. Support 7.30-8pm is from the Olivia Cuttill Quartet
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.
Here’s a little bit about the incident that made Tony take up jazz!
Thus 27 January Tony Kofi’s “Generation Monk” Quintet @Seven Arts £16/14, 25s and under £8, 7.30pm