Kofi plays Cannonball (and Coleman)

Scarborough Jazz festival favorite Tony Kofi plays tribute to one of the giants of jazz in his forthcoming live album “Another Kind of Soul”.

Long time festival attendees may remember the festival of 2013. Tony was booked to play with the Alan Barnes Quintet when a phonecall came through during the previous set to say he was stuck in traffic! The Quintet had no option but to go on without him much to the disapointment of the audience who were looking forward to his first performance in Scarborough. Halfway through the Tony-less set a face appears at the side of the stage and Tony strolls on stage to take a solo and finish the piece to raptuous applause.

If you’d like to support Tony so that he can perform in Scarborough and multitudes of other venues (hopefully not arriving late to these) perhaps you’d consider preordering the new album here where you can also listen to a few snippets of how it sounds.

And if you just can’t wait, then check out this video from Tony’s website of a swinging take on an Ornette Coleman tune with trumpter Byron Wallen. Excellent hats too.