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The Organisation feat Tony Kofi

Date : 21 / 03 / 2015
Time : 7.30pm
Price : £7
Phone : 07415 892 436

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Award-winning multi horn-playing and internationally recognized saxophonist Tony Kofi (Best Instrumentalist, 2008 BBC Jazz Awards and MOBO nominee) teams up with the ‘Organisation’

The band perform a hard-hitting selection of tunes in blues, jazz and funk idioms including many under-acknowledged classics by the likes of Woody Shaw, George Russell and Duke Pearson.

Born in Nottingham to West African parents, the playing career of saxophonist Tony Kofi when he chanced upon a series of jazz workshops, run in Leicester by Nick Hislam. Tony also took lessons from local saxophonist and jazz mentor George Carmichael and was bitten by the jazz bug and made a point of making the journey to go along to each session. This laid the seeds for what was to come, a four-year stint at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA, on a full scholarship music diploma.

While in the US, Tony studied with such musical luminaries as Andy Magee and Billy Pearce, gaining invaluable experience that he then put to best use when he returned to the UK. From 1991, Tony was part of the UK’s leading jazz group of the time – The Jazz Warriors. This band was (and, indeed, is, in its current form of Tomorrow’s Warriors) a hotbed of young talent from the UK jazz scene. Tony was also vital part of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop; this was a big stepping stone for his solo and ensemble work, contributing massively to his own solo projects and educational projects. Tony is still committed to this ethos, regularly running his own workshops and giving individual lessons.

Throughout the nineties Tony was busy, appearing in the front line of innumerable high-profile musicians and groups, including Billy Higgins, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Claude Deppa’s A.J.E. & Horns Unlimited, Cheikh Tidiane Fall Quintet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Digable Planets, Donald Byrd, Dr Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop, Julian Joseph Big Band, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, The David Murray Big Band, US-3, Tim Richards’ Great Spirit, The Grand Union orchestra, and Lucky Ranku’s African jazz all stars, as well as composing original music for his Ten piece group, the Afro Jazz family.

The Organisation to nazwa projektu muzycznego, którego liderem jest saksofonista Toni Kofi, artysta o wielkiej reputacji na  brytyjskiej i międzynarodowej scenie muzycznej. W wykonaniu jego zespołu usłyszymy specjalny program, będący kompilacją bluesa, jazzu i muzyki funkowej oraz wiele nieznanych klasyków autorstwa Woody Shawa, Georga Russell i Duka Pearsona. Toni Kofi to wirtuoz saksofonu, nagrodzony w 2008 roku przez BBC jako instrumentalista roku. Studiował w prestiżowym Berklee College of Music w Bostonie oraz prywatnie z wieloma wybitnymi amerykańskimi muzykami jazzowymi. Po powrocie do Wielkiej Brytanii grał w grupie The Jazz Warriors oraz z zespołem Nu Troop, które oba te zespoły słynęły jako wylęgarnia nowych talentów jazzowych. Toni jest zaangażowany w wielu projektach muzycznych, których lista jest zbyt długa by ją wymienić w tej krótkiej informacji. W chwili obecnej Toni promuje swoją najnowszą formację, 10-osobowy zespół The Afro Jazz Family.