Award-winning British sax player, music teacher and composer Tony Kofi emerged on the jazz scene in the early 1990s as a member of the Jazz Warriors. He plays alto, baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones and flute.
Kofi performs and records in the top flight having established himself over the years as an in-demand musician with the likes of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop, Jazz Jamaica, US-3, World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, David Murray, Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill, Abdullah Ibrahim, Branford Marsalis, Julian Arguelles, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph, Harry Connick Jnr, Dr John, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane Configurations and Ornette Coleman.
His many accolades include:
* 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
*Nominee, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021 - Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Kofi's projects include The Tony Kofi Quartet, The Tony Kofi Sphynx Trio, The Future Passed Trio and Tony Kofi and the Organisation. He was co-founder of the Monk Liberation Front with Jonathan Gee. His main collaborations with others include: Aggregation – with Alan Barnes; Orphy Robinson’s – Bobby Hutcherson Songbook; Alina Bzhezhinska’s Quartet, Jo Harrop’s – Fever; and Portrait of Cannonball – with Alex Webb.
Tony Kofi ~ Portrait of Cannonball