Tony Coe’s (above) life journey as a musician could have taken him literally anywhere. In 1965 he turned down a chair in the Basie band. As an improviser he has one of the most unbelievably fertile minds ever. I heard him with Tina May and Nikki Iles in March and he’s lost none of that capacity to surprise. Harmonically, rhythmically, and with a wry smile, Coe will charm the listener to places you never knew existed.
But apparently his first ever gigs, in the 1949 , as a teenager, were in a dance hall at 49a St Peter’s Street Canterbury. And Brasserie Gerard are proudly telling me that they have invited him back there to celebrate this Thursday 30th July, with Tina May. Because the dance hall is now a Brasserie Gerard restaurant. Was it called the Olympic? I’m sure a LondonJazz reader will know!
The music plus a champagne reception and a celebratory three course meal cost £29.95Bookings on 01227 479 777 / firstname.lastname@example.org