Alina Bzhezhinska – harp
Tony Kofi – saxophones
Julie Walkington – double bass
Internationally renowned harpist ALINA BZHEZHINSKA, award-winning jazz saxophonist TONY KOFI and world class bassist JULIE WALKINGTON showcase the art of beautiful standards and original compositions within a truly intimate performance.
The show features the timeless tunes of John and Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby and Duke Ellington, as well as vast of original compositions from Bzhezhinska’s debut album “Inspiration”.
ALINA BZHEZHINSKA is an internationally renowned harpist, one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment.
Bzhezhinska performed and recorded with a hoard of leading musicians at equally impressive venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s as well as LIVE performances on BBC Radio 3 and World Wide FM.
“Alina Bzhezhinska… a modern-day supremo, is the among the best contemporary harpists” Evening Standard “Alina Bzhezhinska… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses” London Jazz News …Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.” ★★★★★, The Times
TONY KOFI is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having ‘cut his teeth’ in the “Jazz Warriors” of the early 90’s, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style makes him constantly in demand. Tony is TWICE winner of the BBC Jazz Awards for Album of the Year and Best Instrumentialist. He is also winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Jack Petchey Foundation Award and Black Achievers Cultural, Music and Arts Award, as well as Nominee at the Mobo Awards. “There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi.” – Jazzwise “Passionate… superb… heartfelt” – The Guardian
JULIE WALKINGTON joins Alina and Tony with her double bass. Julie started her musical career playing, on electric bass, with various rock, indie and folk bands in the north of England and the USA. Her love of jazz led her to move to London, where she studied baas at Guildhall School of Music and continued her successful career as bass player of an exceptional accomplishment.
Instructions for audience members – please read
Welcome back to the Vortex. Please note that we’ve implemented the following changes to our systems to make the club as Covid-safe as we can:
- Please buy tickets in advance as there will be no door sales. There will be twenty tickets only onsale for each gig.
- If you want to sit together as a household/bubble we would ask that one person books all the tickets for the group. If you book separately you may be seated separately.
- We ask you not to attend gigs if you have or think you may have any Covid-19 symptoms.
- We will ask you on entry to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace. If possible please bring your own pen to write down the details.
- There will be no standing at gigs. Everyone who books a ticket will be allocated a seat, but we cannot guarantee that you will have a table.
- Orders for drinks and snacks will be taken at tables. We are sorry but for the time being no hot drinks will be available.
- We ask that everyone wears a mask when moving around inside the building.
- We are cashless – we accept contactless payments only.
- We ask everyone to observe social distancing at all times. One metre social distancing will operate in the club space, with mitigations as detailed in the risk assessment which is available on the website.
- Automatic hand sanitiser stations are provided at various places within the building and we encourage regular use of hand sanitiser.