Livestreaming Tonight: Indigo – Byron Wallen Quartet

Thursday 30th July 2020
Date: Thursday 30th July
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Thursday 30th July 2020


Livestreaming Tonight: Indigo – Byron Wallen Quartet

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Byron Wallen trumpet, flugelhorn, shells

Tony Kofi saxophone

Larry Bartley bass

Tom Skinner drums

Byron Wallen will be joined by his highly acclaimed band Indigo (Tony Kofi, Larry Bartley, Tom Skinner) for an evening of music from the album Indigo, interspersed with tunes from their soon-to-be-released album Revelations in Small Steps.


Through an Afro-American heritage of more than three hundred years, jazz was born of blues, spirituals, children's lullabies, ring games, work songs and other sounds of American culture. The blues and the spirituals belong to an older indigenous music whose sound can be heard from all corners of the globe. Music as a reflection of environmental and biological sounds has always been a vital part of human existence.

Indigo is the timeless sound of this existence. The cohesive blend of trumpet, baritone saxophone, bass and drums weave complex rhythms with flowing melodies to evoke sounds of the soul. The inspiration for the music comes from the deepest parts of the Central African rain forest, the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the early music of Europe as well as the more obvious influences of jazz, funk, drum and bass and blues. Indigo is a colour, an experience and many moods.

"A fascinating set of his own pieces reflecting the influence of various strands in the evolution of black music … the effect is mesmeric." – JAZZ UK

"A timeless album … it's as tasty as an organic loaf, fresh out of the oven …" – THE GUARDIAN

"Wallen cleverly incorporates the most modern musical techniques of sampling sounds with such ancient instruments as the ocarina, shells and the gamelan." – BIRMINGHAM POST

"On Indigo his quartet creates a joyous head of steam. Odd time signatures abound but Wallen remains funky and accessible …" – THE TIMES

"Byron has returned with his most convincing disc to date." – THE SCOTSMAN

"The trumpeter's compositions reflect his love for both traditional ethnic music, contemporary dance and funk as well as the jazz which lies at its heart." – JAZZWISE

Byron Wallen

Byron Wallen is ‘one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive’ - Jazzwise Magazine. 

Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. The trumpet becoming his first-choice instrument, he studied with Peter Ruderforth in London and with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York in the mid to late 80s. In 1992, Wallen graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics.

He has been playing, live and on record, alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Andrew Hill, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Mulatu Astatke, Red Snapper, Jack Dejohnette, Cleveland Watkiss and King Sunny Ade. In 1992, Wallen formed Sound Advice touring the UK and playing in Syria in 1996 and the Czech Republic in 1997. The band also appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, gaining critical and audience acclaim.

Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, the BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also created soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones. His compositions include Live, with Sheron Wray's dance company,  Langston Hughes SuiteThe Trumpet Kings, and Tarot Suite, an extended work of 22 movements, written for a 10-piece band. In 2003, Wallen won the BBC's Innovation in Jazz award for his third album Indigo. For Byron’s fourth album, Meeting Ground (2007), featuring Gnawa master musician Boujemma Boubul, he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards. In 2017, Wallen received the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists. His band Byron Wallen’s Four Corners released their album PORTRAIT: Reflections on Belonging earlier this year to critical acclaim and was nominated for Jazz Ensemble of the Year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020.

Tony Kofi

Passionate… superb… heartfelt’ - The Guardian

There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.’ – Jazzwise Magazine

Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005 -Album of the Year

Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2008 – Best Instrumentalist

Winner, Best Ensemble, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005,

Nominee, Mobo Awards 2008

Winner of the Jack Petchey award 2015

Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having 'cut his teeth' in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby's “Nu-Troop” and “Jazz Jamaica”, Tony’s playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with include “US-3” 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.

His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand. He currently leads his own Tony Kofi Quartet, Tony Kofi Sphinx Trio, Future Passed Trio and is also the co-founder with Jonathan Gee of the Monk Liberation Front, a group that is dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. Tony’s latest project sees him performing with  Alex Webb’s Café Society Swing, Arnie Somogyi’s Jump Monk, Larry Bartley’s JustUS Quartet, Adrian Reid Quartet, a double leaders project with Alan Barnes called Aggregation, Orphy Robinson’s Bobby Hutcherson songbook project, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, Jo Harrop’s Fever,  Portrait  of Cannonball (Music dedicated to Cannonball Adderley)

Tony Kofi and the Organisation, a recent project which he co leads on the Baritone Saxophone.

Larry Bartley

Excellent Bassist, with a distinct Mingus-like drive to his propulsive bass lines’ - Time Out

The mix of Larry's complex rhythms, melodies and counter melodies played full on ensemble style was truly beautiful to hear.’ - Phil Rose, Birmingham Jazz

Larry Bartley is a bassist/composer who has been a staple of the London & internautional jazz scene since the the 1990s, as a side man and as a leader. He has played & recorded in the bands of Abdullah Ibrahim, Denys Baptiste, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Bheki Mseleku, ingrid laugbrock, Jean Toussaint, Stanley Turrentine, Steve Grossman, Harold Mabern, Donald Brown (of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), David Murray, Orinn Evans, Gary Bartz, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Byron Wallen’s ‘Indigo’ and Jason Yarde’s ‘Trio Wah!’ Larry’s 2003 debut album, “ALONG THIS WAY” was nominated for ‘best new work” in the BBC JAZZ AWARDS, and he was Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composers Award in 2015.

Larry has also performed in various theatre shows & Hollywood feature films including the Soundtrack for the 1997 Mike Leigh film “CAREER GIRLS”, the theatre and touring productions of “GRAPEVINE: A CELEBRATION OF SOUL MUSIC” at the Derby Playhouse (1997), “THE NAT KING COLE STORY” (1998) - starring Clarke Peters of “The Wire” - the 2011 Simon Curtis film “MY WEEKEND WITH MARILYN” staring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, and performs on the Soundtrack and appears in the 2013 Biyi Bandele Movie “HALF OF A YELLOW SUN” starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Tom Skinner

Always working across a broad spectrum of music, Tom (b. 1980) has been a vital and central figure in the burgeoning young music scene in London throughout the last 20 years. From his early days in Tomorrows Warriors and playing with school friends Tom Herbert and Dave Okumu in the band Jade Fox through to stints touring and recording with Zero 7, Matthew Herbert, Floating Points, Eska and Mulatu Astatke. 

In 2012 Tom released his debut self-titled solo record under the alias Hello Skinny to much critical acclaim. MOJO Magazine describing it as “…existing in that fertile zone where jazz, dub, techno and avant-pop deliquesce into an exhilarating free-for-all. Introspective, eclectic brain-groove of the month.” 

The second Hello Skinny album Watermelon Sun [Brownswood Recordings 2017] featured a new collaboration with acclaimed veteran New York composer and trombonist Peter Zummo who is featured across the albums 8 tracks. Inspired by Zummo’s unique, open-form approach to composition and improvisation, Skinner approached the recording sessions with a handful of written material – riffs, melodies and bass lines – as the jumping off point for open-ended recordings. Rejecting the kind of improvisation where each player takes their turn to solo, instead embracing a group-oriented approach. Or as he puts it, “I like improvising where it doesn't sound like improvising.” 

Tom is an original member of award-winning band Sons Of Kemet alongside band-leader and frequent collaborator Shabaka Hutchings. He is featured on the albums Burn [Naim 2013] and Lest we forget what we came here to do [Naim 2015]. Their most recent third album Your Queen Is A Reptile [Impulse! 2018] garnered worldwide critical acclaim including a Mercury Prize 2018 nomination and appeared in many end of year lists including number 1 in The Wire magazine. The band toured extensively throughout 2018 performing 92 shows across Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and a three-week tour of the United States. 

Tom works regularly with legendary grime MC Kano and is featured on his 2016 Mercury Prize nominated album Made In The Manor [Parlophone 2016]. He is also an integral part of Kano’s live band, playing extensive live shows throughout 2016 and 2017 including a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival (Park stage) and Lovebox Festival in London. A new album and further live shows are expected in 2019.

He has performed and recorded with many notable musicians such as Jonny Greenwood, Graham Coxon, Grace Jones, Jarvis Cocker, The Invisible, John Surman, Batida, Alexander Hawkins, Byron Wallen, Steve Beresford and many more. In addition, he has curated his own bi-monthly live music night at The Pickle Factory in East London and hosts a monthly radio show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

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