RIP Kofi Burbridge (1961-2019)
One of music’s finest, Kofi Burbridge died on Friday at the age of 57.
Kofi underwent emergency heart surgery on June 20, 2017 and spent months recovering. He was recently hospitalized again. As described by the Tedeschi Trucks Band it was a “setback related to his surgery in 2017.”
Kofi Burbridge was a master and institution at both flute and keyboards. Both him and his brother Oteil were already known as childhood prodigies. The pair learned how to play various instruments and took courses in classical and jazz. The elder Burbridge moved from NYC to Washington D.C. and wound up in Atlanta in the late ’80s, where he performed with Knee-Deep and ran in the same circles as Col. Bruce Hampton. Kofi joined Oteil in the Aquarium Rescue Unit in 1994 after Col. Bruce left the band and also was a member of various projects through the end of the decade such as Frogwings with Jimmy Herring, Derek and Butch Trucks
There has been a outpouring of eulogies from musicians and fans from across the world.
Kofi is featured on the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album Signs which came out today. The album is in part about loss and the numerous members of the band’s expanded family who have passed away in recent years.