Stapleford Granary

Event description

13 November | 19.30 | £20 | £15 under 16

Tony Kofi - Portrait of Cannonball Aderley

"An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year!" London Jazz News.


Tony Kofi – Alto Sax

Andy Davies - Trumpet

Alex Webb – Piano

Andy Cleyndert – Bass

Alfonso Vitale – Drums


Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. With Andy Davies on trumpet, Alex Webb (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s. The repertoire includes Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack o’Woe and many others.

Cannonball Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Hailed as ‘the new Bird’ on his emergence, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz. Born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida, on September 15th 1928, he attended the US Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s. Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was a unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso. He died on August 8, 1975; 2020 would have been his 92nd year.

‘[Kofi’s] improvising has an arrestingly raw power’ The Guardian