Tony Kofi

Ghana. Alto, baritone and soprano sax and flute

Winner of the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards for Best instrumentalist, the playing career of saxophonist Tony Kofi began when he chanced upon a series of jazz workshops, run in Leicester by Nick Hislam. He won a scholarship to study for a year at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, taking the opportunity to study with musical luminaries such as Andy Magee, Ernie Watts and Billy Pierce, and was a vital part of Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. He has also been fortunate enough to perform with such acclaimed artists as David Murray Big Band, Courtney Pine, US3 (Blue Note) the latest member of The World saxophone quartet, Claude Deppa's AJ.E and Horns UnLtd and Roy Ayres. Tony has also studied with Donal Byrd, Eddie Henderson and Ralph Morre. His quartet's album of Thelonious Monk's compositions won the 2005 Jazz Parliamentary award and the 2005 BBC Jazz award for best ensemble and best album. Tony's latest album, for Specific Jazz, includes all his own original compositions with Jonathan Gee, Ben Hazleton and Winston Clifford on Drums. Tony joined Grand Union in 1998 has been a prominent player ever since.

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Huge success of Song of Contagion!

Fantastic audience responses to the recent shows Wilton's Music Hall

New BBC interview

Director Tony Haynes talks to Jimoke Fashola about this week's premiere of Song of Contagion. Skip to 02.52.04 to listen.

Song of Contagion promo video released

Featuring a taste of the music you will hear in our spectacular new show and interviews from the musicians involved

Booking opens for Song of Contagion!

Wilton's Music Hall, June 13th to 17th: tickets now on sale for our spectacular new show

Dates announced for 2017 Summer School

Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

Exciting plans unveiled for 2017!

GUO's programme for the new year includes a brand new show at Wilton's Music Hall and a return to Portugal.

Remembering Cable Street

Video of The Beast is Back by Tony Haynes, recorded at the GUO commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in October

High praise for GUO music education project

Read about Music Untamed at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, supported by the Mayor's Music Fund

Band Off The Wall

Inspired by the Peace Mural at Dalston Junction, Grand Union has launched a new street band for Hackney

GUO tracks are now available online...

Grand Union CDs and individual numbers can now be streamed from Spotify or bought from iTunes

Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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