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NYJO Presents… MONK! Feat. Tony Kofi & Poppy Daniels

26th July 2021 @ 8:30 pm 10:30 pm

NYJO Presents… MONK! Feat. Tony Kofi & Poppy Daniels

When NYJO set out to celebrate the work of the iconoclastic pianist, they knew there would be no one better to approach than Monk-specialist, Tony Kofi. Much like Tony’s Portrait of Cannonball (dedicated to Cannonball Adderley), this programme will celebrate someone who’s singular vision served to alter the fabric of jazz forevermore. The work of Thelonious Monk serves as a perfect example of such unwavering artistic vision. The most compelling jazz musicians are usually the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises – and with this in mind, Monk’s work represents a perfect repertoire to explore. If this wasn’t enough, Kofi’s powerful and expressive performance style will be supported by one of the rising stars of UK Jazz right now, trumpeter Poppy Daniels! Both featured artists will be backed by a tight-knit NYJO rhythm section to boot. Expect a colourful programme full of joy and celebration!


One of the most recorded jazz composers of all time, Thelonious Monk needs no introduction. Making numerous contributions to the standards cannon, ‘Straight No Chaser’, ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Blue Monk’, to name a few, it’s hard to overstate Monk’s importance to jazz history.A formative influence on Bebop, Monk’s unorthodox approach to composition and improvisation with its characteristic dissonances, angular melodic twists, switched key releases, percussive stabs and abrupt, dramatic use of silence remains thrilling for performers and audiences alike. Recording volumes for Blue Note & Columbia Records, his list of collaborators is a who’s who of jazz iconoclasts: Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins.


Multi -instrumentalist, Tony Kofi is a UK Jazz icon at this stage. A player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute; the award-winning artist has established himself as a totemic presence in British jazz as a musician, a composer, and educator.Known for his fluent and fiery hard-bop style, Tony remains one of the most in-demand players in the country. For those unfamiliar, you may have heard Tony’s contributions to a ream of projects alongside, The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers Rivbe Big Band, Andrew Hill Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph Big Band, Harry Connick JR, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane Configurations and Ornette Coleman.He currently leads his own bands including the Tony Kofi Quartet, Tony Kofi Sphinx Trio, Future Passed Trio, and is also the co-founder of the Monk Liberation Front, a group that is dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk.


Poppy received her formal training in Jazz Studies at the Leeds Conservatoire of Music. She followed this up with further informal studies in New York with such luminaries as Ellington Alumni, Art Baron, piano legend Barry Harris and leading Latin American percussionist and educator, Bobby Sanabria.Following an ill-fated American cruise gig (cut short by the current pandemic) and after floating around the Caribbean waiting to be brought home, Poppy managed to make headway on the London jazz scene despite the opening and closing of music clubs! After catching the eye of the NYJO organisation on a recent Ronnie Scott’s “Lockdown” streaming gig, this is her second live appearance at the club, the first as a featured artist.


This event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person. To find out more about how you can tune-in on the night, head over to DICE.FM by clicking the button below!

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