Tony Kofi's 'A Portrait of Cannonball' Tuesday 21 June 2022 20:30 Boisdale of Belgravia

Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2008 – Best Instrumentalist
Reservations from 5pm | Music: 8.30 -10.30 pm | Additional Late set 11.00 - 11. 45pm

‘An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year … a brilliant all-round package.’ - London Jazz News  

This acclaimed project, a loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley has had a unanimous critical reaction: ‘Hard-bop heaven’ (Jazzwise) ‘Breathtaking’ (Northern Sky Mag) ‘Fantastically expressive players … the best gig that I’ve seen at Progress.’ (Jazz In Reading).  The band has played to capacity audiences at Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 Club, The Hideaway, The Vortex and many others jazz clubs and out of London, as well as at the Swanage, Southport, Wigan and Ealing Jazz Festivals.

In May 2020 alto saxophonist Tony Kofi’s ‘A Portrait of Cannonball’ released its debut album Another Kind of Soul on vinyl, CD and digital formats by the Last Music Company.  It was awarded the Presto Music Award for one of the jazz albums of 2020.

With Andy Davies on trumpet, Alex Webb (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.  The repertoire includes Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack o’Woe and many others.

Cannonball Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz.  Hailed as ‘the new Bird’ on his emergence, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz.  Born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida, on September 15th 1928, he attended the US Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s.  Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was a unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso.  He died on August 8, 1975.

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

“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” – Jazzwise 

“Passionate… superb… heartfelt” – The Guardian

Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2005 -Album of the Year

Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2008 – Best Instrumentalist

Bar and Cigar Terrace are available for pre/post-show drinks! Music, vibes and cocktails till late

Jools Holland is Patron of Music at Boisdale of Belgravia which was founded in 1989. It is a lively, warm and atmospheric restaurant with a number of spaces, including the atrium roofed Macdonald Bar and restaurant, the lovely Courtyard Garden, and the comfortable Terrace, Speakeasy Whisky Bar, three private dining rooms, live music every night, wonderful modern and classical British cuisine and a superb wine list.

Parking is always possible close by after 6.30 pm without a permit.

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Boisdale of Belgravia - 15 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX