Xhosa Cole (with bassist Joe Downard)
@ the Cadogan Hall
16 November 2021
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Handsworth-born Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success
of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham. Having first
played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music
School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists.
In October 2018, he won the BBC Young Jazz Musician competition
following a critically acclaimed performance in the Final at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the BFI London Jazz Festival.
Cole’s earliest memories of the arts are with ACE Youth
Dance group. However, since playing in Holyhead School’s Jazz
band with Ray Prince and Sid Peacock he decided to pursue music
and joined the Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra,
Midland youth Jazz Orchestra among others. While studying at Bishop
Vesey’s Sixth Form Xhosa attended courses with the National
Youth Jazz Collective and National Youth Wind Orchestra.
Cole continually pushes his playing while studying with teachers
and mentors including Mike Williams, Jim Bashford and David Austin-Grey;
Performing regularly around Birmingham; Writing for commissions
by the Ideas of Noise Festival and Bobbie-Jane Gardener’s
‘For-Wards’ and teaching Birmingham’s next generation
of talent alongside his former teacher Toni Grehan.