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24 February 2023: Xhosa Cole



Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham including the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazzlines Ensemble and Birmingham Music Service. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community Music School, he’s now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, Composed music for the Flatpack Film Festival, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22 date UK tour, and released his critically acclaimed debut album K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us alongside Soweto Kinch, Reuben James and Jay Phelps. Xhosa Also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ and Jazz FM ‘Breakthrough act of the year’.

Xhosa has performed alongside artists including Monty Alexander and Courtney Pine and as a soloist for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; at prestigious venues including Cadogan Hall and Ronnie Scotts

“He’s got technique, talent, artistry and a burning desire that shows throughout the set.” downbeat 2021

‘K(no)w Them, K(no)w Us’ brings the 24-year-old saxophonist from ‘one-to-watch’ to ‘must see’ The financial times

K(no)w Them, K(no)w us also album of the day for bandcamp.


The Line Up is:
Xhosa Cole

– Tenor Sax,

Steve Saunders

– Guitar,

Josh Vadiveloo

– Double Bass,

Nathan England Jones

– drums and

Listen to Xhosa here:https://xhosacole.bandcamp.com/track/native-tongues-feat-jason-brown


£13 advance, £14 on the door. £1 discount for Friends of Calstock Arts


Doors & bar open from 1900

Performance starts 2000

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