ENDORSERS

Welcome to the Family! Saxophonists who endorse Corry Bros mouthpieces:

TONY KOFI

Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2005 (Album of the Year), Winner Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2005 (Best Ensemble), Winner BBC Jazz Awards 2008 (Best Instrumentalist), Nominee for MOBO Award 2008, Winner Jack Petchey Award 2015.

 

Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist who plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone 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, educator and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby's "Nu-Troop" and "Jazz Jamaica", Tony's alto playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with including Ornette Coleman, US-3, The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, The David Murray Big Band, Sam Rivers Rivbe Big band, Andrew Hill Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim, Macy Gray, Julian Joseph Big band, Harry Connick JR, Byron Wallen's Indigo and Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configarations. 

 

His fluent and fiery hard-bop alto playing is constantly in demand. He leads his own Tony Kofi Quartet, Tony Kofi Trio, Sphinx Trio, Future Passed Trio and is also the co-founder with Jonathan Gee of the Monk Liberation Front, a group dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. 

Tony's involvement on Baritone saxophone with organ trio 'The Organisation' lead to the release of "POINT BLANK" on The Last Music co label, received to critical acclaim. Click below to listen.

                     

         "passionate... superb... heartfelt" THE GUARDIAN                               "There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi." JAZZWISE

"Corry Bros have created a masterpiece. Playing their mouthpieces allows me to produce a pure and clear sound that is current throughout the whole of my instrument, giving me flexibility in all registers. 

The quality and craftsmanship of their products is seriously outstanding, giving me total confidence to execute my ideas with perfect balance, intonation and a beautiful centered tone."

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CHRIS "BEEBE" ALDRIDGE

Beebe quintet were the winners of the Birmingham Jazz Rush Hour Blues Pollaward for 2010.

 

Beebe is featured on Alexander Shulgins triple album Tryptych on CD 1, performing alongside artists  on the album including Billy Cobham, Bob Mintzer, Bob James, Gary Husband and Martin Taylor.

Beebe possesses wide ranging techniques from beat boxing while playing flute, to playing two saxophones at the same time. Beebe has worked with Gary Barlow, US3, Ben E King, Gary US Bonds, Roy Wood, Geno Washington, Jaki Graham, Climax Blues Band in addition to many others. He has recorded albums with artists including Bizarre Inc, Mother, The Christians and Gold Blade and has recorded five solo albums. He has also appeared at numerous festivals including Reading Rock Festival, London Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

He is endorsed by D’Addario Woodwinds, AKAI, AMT, Keilwerth, Saxxas and Corry Bros Mouthpieces

"Loving my P-Wave 8 Baritone mouthpiece! I had been after a vintage mouthpiece for so long but to no avail and had got my heart set on a metal piece, however, the P-Wave ebonite gives all of the brightness and depth I had been after. 

They are free blowing in all registers and very comfortable to play due to the slimline shape. The full dynamic range is extremely easy to achieve as are altissimo and effects whilst providing an awesome full and rich tone. 

The Corry Brothers have set a benchmark for the modern mouthpiece whilst keeping all of the qualities of a vintage bespoke piece."

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JAMES RUSSELL

James is a D'Addario Woodwinds artist and  uses a Corrybros metal Scoria prototype 7* mouthpiece.

James Russell is a highly in demand Saxophonist, Flautist and Clarinettist and is a recognised performer having toured throughout the World with performances at international festivals and venues.

James has toured and recorded with many high profile bands including Jamiroquai and is featured on their number one platinum selling album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ with whom he supported Stevie Wonder at Rock In Rio Brazil and Hyde Park, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and New Years Eve Concert at Sydney Harbour and toured five summer festivals with the group.

Other artists James has worked with included Roy Wood, Tito Jackson, Martha Reeves, The Proclaimers, Georgie Fame, Take That, Lemar, Wandering Hearts and Matt Cardel. 

 

James’ writing output is also rich and varied. In 2005 James set up j2productions, a pop writing/production outfit with a large number of worldwide commercial projects with artists, writers and producers.

He has also had numerous successes touring his own works with various commissions. The Romeo and Juliet Jazz Suite, Under Milk Wood and Scaramouch Jones. Recently James has turned his attentions to music for media, specialising in original music for theatre, film, TV and advertising.

" Having played mainly vintage metal mouthpieces for a long time I was stunned at the sound and response from the CorryBros Scoria metal mouthpiece. This prototype is everything I wanted in a mouthpiece, from subtle fat sub-tones through to screaming harmonics this mouthpiece gives it all with poise and ease. 

Comfortable in any musical situation it's very centred and focused. It feels great and gives accurate feedback, leaving me with the confidence and freedom to play throughout the full range of the instrument at what ever dynamic range. It has a stunning build quality with attention to detail.

It is a true reflection of the passion and dedication put into the design and making of these pieces. I can't see me playing anything else!"

GUIDO SPANNOCCHI

"The Corry Bros P-wave Baritone mouthpiece

is a true delight to play.

 I particularly enjoy it because of its powerful sound throughout the dynamic spectrum and it's fast response. 

Never have I played a mouthpiece which is so easy to play yet has so much to offer - I am amazed how much range of style and colour it provides. 

It's a bit like sitting down in a racing car once you turn on the engine you just want to see how much this thing can handle, in this case it's definitely Formula 1..."

ROB MITCHELL

"The Corry Bros P-Wave mouthpiece has everything I want in a bari piece.

It has the flexibility for me to play a wide variety styles such as jazz, funk and soul.

It's capable of maintaining a focused tone at any volume level and can be pushed for a broad warm jazz sound into an aggressive and percussive funk sound.

The high register is like nothing I’ve played on Bari before, it feels like I’m playing a tenor, with a full and direct sound, making the horn come alive in the top end!"

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Rob plays our "P-WAVE" baritone mouthpiece with Rag'n'Bone Man , Glastonbury 2017

Saxophonist and composer, Rob Mitchell (BA, MMus, PGCE) is a former student of Dave O’Higgins and began studying the saxophone aged 15 at Hartwick College, New York. There he studied under drummer Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music) and discovered his love of big bands and jazz performance.

After studying his Masters degree, Rob performed and toured with bands including Martha Reeves, Candi Staton, The Haggis Horns, Roy Wood, Tony Christie, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, The Brand New Heavies, Alexander O’Neal, Jaki Graham, Dominic Miller, The BBC Big Band, Dennis Rollins, Mike Gibbs, Ian Ballamy, Dave O’Higgins, Alan Barnes, Lisa Stansfield and Juliet Roberts.

Rob continues to perform around the world and some of the most memorable performances include Proms in the Park 2013 (Hyde Park) with The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk band in front of 45,000 people and broadcast on the BBC, Glastonbury with Kava Kava, supporting the legendary Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings at ‘The Ritz’ in Manchester and The Strictly Come Dancing Live Show.

Rob has featured on many recordings including those by The BBC Big Band, Jaki Graham, Lisa Stansfield, Submotion Orchestra, The Haggis Horns and Abstract Orchestra.

Festivals have included Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival, Proms in The Park, Freedom Festival, The Garden Festival, Croatia, La Sala de Carabanchel, Madrid, Mostly Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz festival.

Rob has appeared on radio, television and has been interviewed for a number of publications including BBC Four, BBC Radio 2&3, BBC Radio 6, Saxophone & Clarinet Magazine and KVM Magazine.

ANDY FRENCH

"The word that first comes to mind for me, when describing my CorryBros Mesa mouthpiece is trust. This is the first time I've ever had a setup that I know is going to respond in the same way each time I pick up the horn. 

 

After going through over a decade of changing mouthpieces regularly and never quite feeling settled, I finally tried the CorryBros Mesa 7* mouthpiece and I was hooked straight away. I still feel the exactly the same two years on! Highly recommended!"

RUSSELL  HENDERSON

"As soon as I tried the P-Wave I was blown away by the huge sound! The mouthpiece delivers every dynamic from ppp to fff, all with a warm, fat tone which cuts through a section when needed. 

I blew it against another excellent ebonite mouthpiece by a very established manufacturer and the Corry Bros piece had more to give.

The response is instantaneous and I can confidently play exposed passages even at lower dynamics and know that the sound will be there in time.

As a player who doubles on smaller saxes, I loved the slim profile of the piece and it means there is less of an embouchure adjustment when switching from alto or tenor.

I first got hold of the mouthpiece before a run of gigs which heavily featured bari so it was a great opportunity to put it through its paces, and the intonation felt spot on all the way through. Can’t recommend it enough!" 

ELLIOT LABBATTE

"The Corry Bros P-wave for baritone sax is a great responsive mouthpiece. It not only gives me the projection I need but also to ability to be versatile with whatever genre of music I am playing.  The balance between the tip opening and chamber is exactly what I've been looking for to enable me to deliver my music in the best possible way. 

Not only that but build quality of the piece and packaging is also exceptional. In the right hands this mouthpiece has the ability to stand out even when played alongside the classics."

"I wanted a mouthpiece that would give more volume and an edge. It sure does that but I am also amazed at how it can also sound so smooth and soulful, not that I play much in that style. I have played both with PA and mostly outside as part of a 25 strong street band, either way the sound cuts through.

Overall it has lived up to and surpassed expectations." - MARTIN SCRAGG, UK

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