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Tony Coe

World-famous clarinettist, Tony Coe, joins with The Canterbury Orchestra and Thanet-based Cantate Chamber Choir to present a musical portrait of Canterbury.World-famous clarinettist, Tony Coe, joined with The Canterbury Orchestra and Thanet-based Cantate Chamber Choir to present a musical portrait of Canterbury in this year’s Festival. The concert, Canterbury – A Portrait in Music, was held on Saturday 20 October in the Shirley Hall of The King’s School at 3.30pm, featured the work of four modern composers with Kentish connections. A spokesperson for The Canterbury Orchestra said: ‘This concert represents a remarkable innovation for our Orchestra and anyone who thinks that modern music does not have memorable tunes and evocative and atmospheric qualities is in for a wonderful surprise.’

Tony (Anthony George) Coe. British saxophonist (mainly tenor), clarinetist, bass clarinetist, bandleader, composer. Born Canterbury, Kent, November 29, 1934.

The musician of tomorrow will face a continuously growing jazz tradition that since its beginnings has constantly taken up elements from various forms of world music. This situation calls for wide-ranging players, for a combination of the performing and creative artist who is able to enter into the spirit of a great variety of idioms without losing any part of her or his own creativeness. Tony Coe is a distinguished example of such an artist. His playing reflects extreme instrumental skill, exceptional stylistic many-sidedness, and profound musical originality. He is almost unrivalled as far as versatility is concerned. And his career personifies a sizable part of jazz history. With the passing of time he has extended his horizons considerably, adding to the more traditional areas of jazz a variety of modern musical idioms including totally free improvisation as well as classical and contemporary art music.

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