Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005 (Album of the Year) & 2008 (Best Instrumentalist)
Winner, Best Ensemble, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005
Nominee, Mobo Awards 2008, 2013
Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist, a player of the alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as for “Nu-Troop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s alto playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked with include “US-3” Branford Marsalis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, and The Julian Joseph Big band.
His fluent and fiery hard-bop alto playing is constantly in demand. He currently leads his own Tony Kofi Quartet and is also the co-founder of the Monk Liberation Banda group which plays the music of Thelonious Monk.
“passionate… superb… heartfelt” – The Guardian
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” – Jazzwise