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Tony Kofi

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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 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

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Reflections

Label: BBE Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Soul Vibrations; For Carrol; Fire; Reflections; Afro Blue; Alabama; African Flower; Paris Sur Le Toit (instrumental); Sans End; Action Line; Paris Sur Le Toit (rap and vocal); Meditation.

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The Heart Wants

Label: Lateralize
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants; All Too Soon; Everything's Changing; I think You'd Better Go; Wise Words; Red Mary Janes & A Brand New Hat; Hold On; Life Inside; What If; Rainbow Sleeves; If Ever I Would Leave You: Weather The Storm.

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Article: Album Review

Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Chris May


In an inspired piece of programming, London's Barbican Centre presented the then virtually unknown harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet as one of the support bands on its November 18, 2017 one-nighter A Concert for Alice and John, a show headlined by Pharoah Sanders. It would be an exaggeration to say Bzhezhinska stole the show (see ...

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Article: Album Review

Grand Union Orchestra: Made By Human Hands

Read "Made By Human Hands" reviewed by Chris May


Grand Union Orchestra, which has mentored many young London jazz musicians over four decades, is approximately aligned with the grassroots organisations Tomorrow's Warriors and Kinetika Bloco. The longest established of the trio, Grand Union took wing in 1982, Tomorrow's Warriors in 1991, Kinetika Bloco in 2000. Made By Human Hands is a greatest hits compilation celebrating ...

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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Another Kind of Soul

Label: The Last Music Company
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Portrait of Cannonball; A Operation Breadbasket; Another Kind of Soul; Stars Fell on Alabama; Things Are Getting Better; Sack O' Woe; Work Song,

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Article: Interview

Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz

Read "Denys Baptiste: Pathfinder For The New London Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Bandleader, composer and educator Denys Baptiste is among the generation of musicians, many of them of Caribbean or African heritage, who pointed the way for the younger players who have emerged on the London jazz scene since around 2015. Baptiste's contemporaries include saxophonists Jason Yarde, Soweto Kinch, Steve Williamson and Courtney Pine, and trumpeter Byron Wallen, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Time for 50th anniversaries of Blue Note recordings from May 1970 (logically enough!): Lonnie Smith's Live at Club Mozambique; Donald Byrd's Electric Byrd; Joe Williams' Worth Waiting For and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra (Consummation). Then there's some 21st century music (Jane Ira Bloom, Andy Hunter, Tony Kofi and Brian Bromberg), as well as previously unreleased ...


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