Xhosa Cole Quartet

Escape to Freight Island - The Plant Room

A sparkling opening to mjf 2022 celebrates Xhosa’s deep and authentic links to the lineage of jazz, from free improv to be-bop, laced with his own compositions that reflect the varied traditions and outlooks of his inner-city upbringing and connections. 

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer, Xhosa Cole grew up in Handsworth and is now among a long legacy of Birmingham saxophonists that includes Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings.   

Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, composed music for Birmingham-based string orchestra the Ripieno Players, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album Love and Compromise, completed a 22-date UK tour, all alongside his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.   


Xhosa Cole saxophone / Steve Saunders guitar / Josh Vadiveloo double bass / Nathan England-Jones drums

Whilst you are free to roam around the venue this year, booking a ticket will secure you a seat in The Plant Room for this gig. If you wish to book seats for other gigs in the venue, please complete a separate booking. 

Date: friday 20 may

Time: 18.00 - 20.00 |

Price: Free ticket (plus booking fee)

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