Tony Kofi & The Organisation
LONDON Crypt Camberwell
81 Camberwell Church Street
Tony Kofi & The Organisation is a Hammond quartet in the classic tradition, playing material from their forthcoming album Point Blank.
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 was winner, Best instrumentalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz awards. Winner, best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Winner, Radio 3 Jazz line up album of the year 2005 BBC Jazz awards and nominated for a MOBO award 2008
Tony Kofi & The Organisation is a hammond quartet in the tradition of the groups led by such luminaries as Brother Jack Mcduff, George Benson, Lonnie Smith and others they play jazz blues, latin and post bop and include rarely played classics in their repertoire by Woody Shaw, Pat Martino and others. More recently they played at the South Banks "Pull out the Stops" celebration of organ music. For the EFG London Jazz Festival they will be previewing material for their soon to be released album "Point Blank".
'a killer band with real bite' (Mark Youll, Jazzwise)
Tony Kofi-baritone sax
Pete Whittaker-hammond organ