Tony Kofi Jazz Improvisation Workshop – 18th / 19th March 2023

St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood, BH24 2NR

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.

My sound and approach to music is to tell the truth no matter what, I’ve always believed that music is synonymous to life.” ~ Tony Kofi

Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2005 -Album of the Year

Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards 2008 – Best Instrumentalist

Winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005 – Best Ensemble

Nominee, Mobo Awards 2008

Winner of the Jack Petchey Foundation Award 2015

Winner of the Black Achievers Cultural, Music and Arts Award 2016

“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” Jazzwise

“Passionate… superb… heartfelt” The Guardian

Details on workshop content to follow…..hint, if you like Jazz Improvisation you’re going to love this.

Limited spaces available!

Tony Kofi

Based at St Leonards Hotel in beautiful Dorset, with excellent facilities. Priced competitively at £150 for two days including a hot lunch, hot and cold refreshments. We cater for needs such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc. The workshop runs from 10am – 4.30pm each day, with two 30 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break. FREE parking.

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Participant information:

As an approximate guideline; be able to play around Grade 3 standard. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better. We also have an alternative guideline of being able to play your major scales up to 4 sharps and flats. You can however be totally new to improvising, having a good solid foundation on the instrument is key foremost.

Regardless of your current level, we here at AB Workshops are committed to providing tuition and support at a pace that allows you to absorb salient points while good progress and motivation is maintained.

What do we mean by “grades” as a measuring tool? We use the ABRSM/Trinity “classical” syllabus, but in most respects this applies to the Jazz grades as well. If you haven’t taken any grades then please contact us to discuss suitability.
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand. Please also bring a music stand.
Price for this two day workshop is only £150.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.