Gig Details

Friday 19 January. 19:15 – 22:00.

Crucible Studio

At Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)

Full £17, Concessions £13.50, Students with NUS card £8, and under 16s £3. Advance tickets available from Crucible box office: 0114 249 6000 and

Tony Kofi, Alan Barnes: alto saxophones; John Turville: piano; Adam King: bass; Rod Youngs: drums

 “This band is about enjoyment for performers and audience alike – the perfect antidote to the po-faced gloom school of jazz!” says Alan Barnes. The band is a showcase for contrasting alto sax talents – Kofi: heavier-toned, blues-drenched, in the Jackie McLean mould – Barnes: lighter, crisply phrased, evoking Art Pepper. Combine the two approaches and the chemistry is instantly explosive – accessible, hard-swinging music. Those who saw this band’s great gig at the Crucible in 2016 won’t want to miss this return visit.


Alan Barnes has won over 25 British Jazz Awards and twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year. He has performed with bands as diverse as Stan Tracey and Humphrey Lyttelton as well as writing and arranging for his own ensembles.

Tony Kofi is also a recipient of the BBC Jazz Musician of the Year award as well as best ensemble in the Parliamentary awards. He has worked in the Abdullah Ibrahim big band and the World Saxophone Quartet.

Rod Youngs on drums and Adam King on bass create a tight and driving force behind the amiable but intense exchanges of the front line and John Turville on piano combines exciting, rhythmic comping in the ensemble with a free- wheeling and exuberant approach to soloing.

Kofi has it all – the blowsy braggadocio, the fluttery, delicate romanticism .. and a full arsenal of multi phonics, harmonics and circular breathing to call on when he feels the need.”..Peter Bacon

Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban post-bop – but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz.”..The Guardian.

“Pianist John Turville is another joy to listen to and never puts a finger wrong on the ivories.  His voicing and sensitivity is perfectly judged, whilst drummer Rod Youngs grins throughout the whole set. This is one of the factors that makes this quintet so enjoyable to watch and listen to.  Who says that jazz has to be taken and performed so seriously looking all the time?  Not this quintet! …their meticulous musicianship makes it all seem so easy, yet they’ve been flawless throughout.”…David Wright, Review of the band’s Scarborough Jazz Festival gig