London Saxophone Festival 2019

Xhosa Cole

BBC Young Jazz Musician Winner 2018

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Last Show: Wednesday 12 th June 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Xhosa Cole is  the current winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018. He makes his London Headline show debut, performing at the 2019 London Saxophone Festival. Handsworth-born Xhosa has played saxophone in the Jazzlines Ensemble, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra among others. While studying in sixth form, Xhosa attended courses with the National Youth Jazz Collective and National Youth Wind Orchestra. He performs regularly around Birmingham, writes for commissions by the Ideas of Noise Festival and is also involved in teaching the next generation of talent in his locality.


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On winning BBC Young Jazz Musician, Xhosa says: “It’s been amazing to represent and have been represented at this prestigious celebration of jazz music in the UK. The calibre of musicianship and passion for jazz music displayed on the stage today has been incredibly inspiring to be a part of.”

Of Xhosa, judge Iain Ballamy says: “Xhosa’s performance was so heartfelt, sincere and communicative. It’s easy to see he has such a deep and genuine love of the tradition that gave us such a convincing performance on the night.”