Xhosa Cole

The Boileroom, Guildford.

Xhosa Cole

This event is for 16 and over - No refunds will be issued for under 16s.

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GENERAL ADMISSION £13.70 (£12.00)

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Since winning BBC Young jazz musician award in 2018, Xhosa Cole has headlined London’s major league clubs and already established himself in the premier league of UK jazz saxophonists. “A young player with formidable technique and a solid grasp of the post-John Coltrane African American tradition” Chris May All about Jazz


Xhosa is one of the leading new wave Birmingham Saxophonists alongside Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. In 2020 he received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer as well as having been nominated for the Jazz FM Breakthrough award

He has performed alongside artists including Monty Alexander and Courtney Pine and performed at prestigious venues and events including Ronnie Scoots and the BBC Prom. As a recording artist, Xhosa featured on Soweto Kinch’s latest album ‘Black Peril’ and UK R&B singer songwriter Mahalia’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Love and Compromise’.

Xhosa’s deep and authentic connection to the lineage of Jazz music has helped to establish him among the most exciting young talents in the country. His exposure to players from a range of different traditions and outlooks, compounded by his strong connection to the inner-city community in Handsworth, Birmingham where he grew up has helped to develop a fiercely unique and independent voice.

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Move to the Beat

Over the last few years, the UK has become home to a diverse, accessible and newly confident new jazz scene whose innovative sounds are liberating the genre for new audiences. That vibrant UK new jazz scene is now coming to Guildford as Guildford Jazz teams up with the Boileroom to present some of the best and hippest new UK jazz, funk, afro sound, and blues fusion artists.

The “Beat” series, which is co-funded by Arts Council England, kicks off on October 21st with visionary saxophonist Camilla George’s up- temp feast of afrobeat hip hop and jazz. Other artists appearing in the series are Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory, Yolanda Charles Project Ph, Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock and Rosie Frater -Taylor.

Come along, check it out and move to the beat

Tickets are £12 and available at https://guildfordjazz.org.uk/ and https://www.theboileroom.net/


The UK New Jazz Scene

Played by strikingly cool musicians in their 20s and early 30s like Soweto Kinch, Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, new jazz is reaching far younger and more diverse audiences. It pulls liberally from other music genres, whether hip-hop, neo-soul, UK club sounds or the African and Caribbean sound heritage. Central to the emergence of the new youth jazz scene have been organisations like Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz re:freshed,

The Beat Goes On

The BEAT series is all about Guildford Jazz and the Boileroom bringing that vibrant new scene to Guildford

“The beat goes on! Guildford Jazz has always been about bringing the best, established UK jazz artists to Guildford. Why go to Ronnie Scoots when you can have the same experience with us at the Guildford Pavilion?
Alongside that, Guildford Jazz and the Boileroom will now be bringing new artists and new jazz to a new generation. Why go to the Church of Sound when you can go to the Boileroom?
Marianne Windham

“ The Boileroom has long been committed to bringing the most diverse and talented artists across all genres of contemporary music to Guildford. We felt there was one obvious gap: what was going on in the new UK jazz scene was largely missing. We are delighted to be building on previous live streaming collaborations with Guildford Jazz to fill that gap with an amazing series of the best new jazz artists”. Dom Frazer