Lol Coxhill
Soprano Sax & Vocals

Born : September 19th, 1932 - Portsmouth (UK)
Died : July 10th, 2012
Past Bands :
Delivery (1968-70, 1972-73), Kevin Ayers & The Whole World (1970-71), Coxhill-Miller (1973-74), Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (1974-76), The Damned, Trevor Watts' Moiré Music (1977-85), The Melody Four (1981-),  Coxhill/Beresford duo, solo + various

A Short Bio:

After studying sax and theory with Aubrey Frank, the teenage Lowen 'Lol' Coxhill organised club sessions comprising live contemporary jazz plus recordings of modern jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lennie Tristano, Miles Davis and Stan Kenton. Then from 1950 to 1951 he was 'temporarily inconvenienced by national service in the Royal Air Force' but for the rest of that decade he was a member of Denzil Bailey's Afro-Cubists (Dizzy Gillespie, Machito compositions/ arrangements); the Graham Fleming Combo touring US air bases in England (Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker compositions); and Sonny G and the G Men (R&B, standards). He also guested with established British contemporary jazz players, including Joe Harriott, Tubby Hayes, Oxford University Jazz Band as well as playing solo jazz and improvisations on the saxophone.

From 1962 onwards, Coxhill started playing gigs as leader, many of them solo performances. Much of the early to mid 1960s was taken up with touring and accompanying/supporting visiting US artists such as Rufus Thomas (with the television and video release of "Walking The Dog"), Martha & the Vandellas, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Mose Allison, and to some extent this continued into the 70's with tours by Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson and Alexis Korner. However, between 1968 and 1972 Coxhill was a member of pianist Steve Miller's band Delivery alongside Phil Miller, Pip Pyle and Roy Babbington, then of the Kevin Ayers & The Whole World alongside David Bedford, Mike Oldfield and numerous drummers, as well as performing in the Coxhill/Bedford duo and the Coxhill/Miller duo.

The twelve years from 1973 saw Lol Coxhill become more well known as an improvising musician and solo player, with appearances thoughout Great Britain, Europe, the US, Japan and Canada. At the same time he undertook numerous collaborations with improvisors (as a member of Company), jazz musicians (as a member of the Brotherhood of Breath, 1974-76), rock and punk groups (Henry Cow, The Damned), as well as appearing with experimental theatre groups such as Welfare State (of which he was musical director for some time). Other collaborations included Trevor Watts 'Moiré Music', Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and AMM. The Recedents (with Roger Turner and Mike Cooper) was formed in this period to perform electro-acoustic improvisations and has been a long-standing interest along with The Melody Four (with pianist Steve Beresford and clarinet player Tony Coe), formed in 1981 for the Chantenay festival - performing original and standard songs, film music, theatre music, jazz and improvisations - a duo with Pat Thomas, a duo with Adam Bohman (both electro-acoustic improvisations though of a rather different hue) and membership of the Dedication Orchestra.

Lol Coxhill has also worked occasionally in television and films with a part in Sally Potter's London story, Ken Campbell and Nigel Evans' The madness museum and Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. In 1983 he was the subject of an Arts Council documentary film, Frog Dance. As a leader, he has been a fixture of the French label Nato, releasing a string of albums including The Dunois Solos (1982) and Cou$cou$ (1983). June 1998 saw him reunited with most of his former Delivery colleagues for a benefit gig for Steve Miller at London's Vortex Jazz Bar. (Sadly Steve died of cancer six months later)