Tomorrow’s Warriors Presents Live at the Albany with Xhosa Cole

Tomorrow’s Warriors Presents: Live at the Albany series provides vital performance opportunities to musicians coming through our Emerging Artist Programme. Most recently, we showcased 6-piece jazz collective KOMA. The series continues with our first live and in-person gig with acclaimed saxophonist Xhosa Cole and his band, made possible thanks to support from our wonderful donors, Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund and PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner funding.

“… Cole expressed a touchingly modest reverence towards his great forebears, but there’s absolutely nothing modest about his playing, which is madly inventive at every moment and remarkably individual for one so young.” – The Telegraph

Hailing from Birmingham, Xhosa Cole began playing tenor saxophone at a community music school run by the late, great sax player Andy Hamilton MBE. He went on to win the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award in 2018 and started playing prestigious venues across the country. As a recording artist, Cole has collaborated with the likes of Soweto Kinch and Reuben James, and will perform at the Albany  as a quintet alongside Jay Phelps on trumpet, James Owston on bass and James Bashford on drums.

Ahead of his upcoming K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us album release this summer, Cole will be playing a set full of warmth and character, drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of music and heritage of great African-American composers and improvisers – formative influences on his life and music – through a contemporary Black British lens.

Xhosa said: “When you have the blessing to play regularly with musicians you can sometimes take for granted what it means to forge those deep emotional, personal and spiritual connections with these people. I had the pleasure of touring and recording with these great musicians in 2020 and can’t wait to be back sharing the stage with these titans for Tomorrow’s Warriors’’ first physical show at the Albany.”

Tickets here:
£10, £5 concessions.
Concessions 50% discount code JAZZ5

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