Xhosa Cole Quartet

Sun 10 July 2022

The BBC Young Musician of the year 2018 brings his hard-hitting quartet to the festival. Playing inspired tunes from Dizzy, Clifford Brown, Dexter Gordon and Ornette Coleman, Xhosa stamps his own style on the classic jazz quartet. No longer a ‘rising star’, he’s now firmly established on the scene thanks to many festival appearances and his debut album K(no)w Them, K(no) Us with featured guest artists saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Reuben James.

Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazzlines Ensemble and Birmingham Music Service. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham-based String Orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22-date UK tour, all along side his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019 and Jazz FM ‘Breakthrough act of the year’.

Xhosa Cole Saxophone
Nathan England Jones Drums
Steve Saunders Guitar
Josh Vadiveloo Double Bass

The 24-year-old tenor saxophonist/composer is a British sensation’ DOWNBEAT

One of the most exciting releases of the year…’ Jazzwise

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