Tony Kofi ‘Kind of Blue’ Sextet

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Tony Kofi ‘Kind of Blue’ Sextet

Sat 08 01 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tony Kofi ‘Kind of Blue’ Sextet

At Crucible Studio, 7.30-10 pm
(in collaboration with Music in the Round)

Tony Kofi: alto sax
Freddie Gavita: trumpet & flugelhorn
Alex Garnett: tenor sax
Rick Simpson: piano
Andrew Cleyndert: bass
Alfonso Vitale: drums

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Tony Kofi leads an all-star band celebrating Miles Davis’ highly acclaimed and innovative ‘Kind of Blue’ album, featuring the original numbers and some of the band’s own compositions inspired by it. More than a milestone in jazz ‘Kind of Blue’ is a defining document of twentieth century music, one of those rare, influential works of art that achieve popularity among musicians, critics and the public alike. Even if you’ve never owned this classic album you’ll instantly recognize ‘So What’, ‘Freddie Freeloader’, ‘Blue in Green’, ‘All Blues’ and ‘Flamenco Sketches’ as old friends.

Tony Kofi is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist, playing alto, baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones and the flute. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the Jazz Warriors, Tony has performed and recorded with Gary Crosby’s ‘NuTroop’ and Jazz Jamaica and a wide range  of bands and artists including US-3, World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, David Murray, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph and Ornette Coleman. He currently leads and co-leads several groups including his quartet; Tony Kofi and the Organisation, a project on the baritone saxophone; Portrait of Cannonball, dedicated to the music of Cannonball Adderley; a project with Alan Barnes called Aggregation, Orphy Robinson’s Bobby Hutcherson project and Alina Bzhezhinska’s Quartet.

“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.”Jazzwise
“Passionate… superb… heartfelt” – The Guardian

Winner of Best Trumpet in the British Jazz Awards 2017’, Freddie Gavita consolidated his reputation with the release of his acclaimed debut album ‘Transient’. He rose to prominence through the John Dankworth Orchestra. As well as leading his own band, Freddie has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra for many years and jazz-rock outfit Fletch’s Brew. He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Big Band, twice at the BBC Proms and brought Roger Michell’s 2013 film “Le Week-end” to life with his muted trumpet stylings. Freddie has played with among others, John Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers and Dionne Warwick. He has composed and arranged extensively, including Alexander Stewart’s masterpiece “I Thought About You” and the stunning “Beloved” commissioned by Calum Au for his release “Something’s Coming”.

“He has a soft, non-brassy tone that is so attractive that, at first, you scarcely notice the range, articulation and virtuosity of his playing….” **** review of ‘Transient’, Dave Gelly – The Guardian

Alex Garnett is recognizable by his dark, husky sound and is a regular sideman of choice for many visiting musicians. He has performed with artists across the spectrum such as Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Scott Hamilton, Van Morrison, Evan Parker and The Rolling Stones, as well as with his contemporaries including Gareth Lockrane, Phil Robson and Michael Janisch. Alex’s first solo album ‘Serpent’ was met with universal acclaim by press and fans his second album ‘Andromeda’ with his band Bunch of Five featured long-time associate and fellow tenor player Tim Armacost. Alex was one of the featured soloists in the Jenson Sisters’ Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra whose Sheffield Jazz gig was a highlight of the autumn 2018 season.

“Garnett has a great muscular style and a rich, gritty tone” – The Jazz Breakfast

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, Rick Simpson plays a wide variety of music and leads his own jazz group. Rick is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s and the other leading London jazz venues. He has performed with musicians such as Christian Scott, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Ernesto Simpson, Martin Speake, Stan Sulzmann and Jeff Williams and also plays in the ensembles of Michael Janisch, Leo Richardson, Jay Phelps, Rory Simmons, Alice Leggett, Andre Canniere and Kristian Borring amongst others.

Andrew Cleyndert has worked with many leading players on the British jazz scene including Alan Barnes, Don Weller, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler and Stan Tracey with whom he recorded several albums. Awarded ‘Best Bassist’ in the 2009 British Jazz Awards he toured internationally with Ronnie Scott’s combo and with leading US jazz musicians including George Coleman and Bobby Watson as well as accompanying many visiting US jazzmen, including Bud Shank, Red Rodney and Charlie Rouse. On his own label Trio Records he released more than 20 albums by musicians including Bobby Wellins, Mornington Lockett and Chris Biscoe.

Alfonso Vitale was already playing drums professionally by age 12. He attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Messina and received his degree in percussion at the Conservatory A. Corelli of Messina in 2012. Now resident in London, Alfonso is the house drummer with the Renato D’aeillo band at the Acoustic Jazz Lounge at Ronnie Scott’s and is becoming a much in demand drummer in the capital.

Ticket Prices

Full – £18
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £16
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

Advance tickets (no additional booking fee) available from Crucible Box Office


Sat 08 01 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crucible Playhouse
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA + Google Map
0114 249 6000