Barford/Copus Quintet

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Last Show: Tuesday 11 th July 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Join the award winning Tom Barford (tenor sax) and James Copus (trumpet) as they front an exciting, new quintet of some of the best Jazz musicians on the scene today- David Ferris on piano, Dave Storey on drums and Oli Hayhurst on the bass. The music will feature a mix of original compositions alongside some of the band’s favourite tunes by composers such as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, and Freddie Hubbard.

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“Think of all the qualities that make a great trumpeter: a full brassy tone, dazzling runs and immaculate articulation, a range that sends the high notes soaring into the stratosphere, imagination and sensitivity … James has all these and more.”

The Jazzmann

Join the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize winning Tom Barford and his quintet as they play an exciting set of original compositions alongside some new arrangements of his favourite tunes by the greats of jazz. Some of which include Freddie Hubbard, the late great Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

Joining Tom will be the stellar band of James Copus on Trumpet, David Ferris on the piano, Dave Storey on drums and Oli Hayhurst on the bass.

“Tom has slowly been making his presence known on the global jazz scene with his well received debut album release Bloomer and with his co-lead album AuB, both released on the Edition Records label with a new AuB album in the pipeline. Previous performance highlights for Tom have included Ronnie Scott’s with Billy Cobham, multiple performances at the Royal Albert Hall, album launches at Kings Place, and multiple international tours as a sideman.”

Tom has rarely been seen playing in London over the past couple of years so he is really looking forward to this one. It won’t be one to miss.

“James Copus is an award-winning trumpet player and composer also based in London. James recently released his debut album, ‘Dusk’, to critical acclaim. He has played and/or recorded with such artists as Jorja Smith, Joss Stone, Cory Wong, James Bay, Boy George and, more recently, with Jacob Collier on his Grammy-winning single ‘He Won’t Hold You.’”

"A strikingly large new British jazz talent arrives with saxophonist Tom Barford" - Written in Music



Band Line Up

Tom Barford (saxophone)

James Copus (trumpet)

David Ferris (piano)

Oli Hayhurst (bass)

Dave Storey (drums)