|Lol Coxhill (1932-2012)|
Rob Edgar writes: Last night at Cecil Sharp House (home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society), there was a memorial gig in honour of Lol Coxhill who died on the 10th of July this year. The date marked, and indeed celebrated, what would have been his 80th birthday.
The Mike Westbrook Brass Band played a set inspired by the poetry of John Clare, featuring Chris Biscoe on saxophone, Phil Minton on trumpet/vocals and Kate Westbrook on vocals/recorder.
There was a spellbinding solo set from Evan Parker, a strong free improv set by Gail Brand, Mark Sanders, Simon Picard and Ollie Brice, an eloquent tribute from Michael Horovitz a touching performance from Lol’s son and grandson (Simon Coxhill and Sam Coxhill-Davis) culminating in a finale by the Herbert Spliffington All Stars whose easy blend of laid back reggae and jazz had everyone on their feet.
A fine celebration for a unique man. Remembering Lol Coxhill Part Two will be at Cafe Oto on October 31st.