Kofi Burbridge

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Kofi Burbridge
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Burbridge with Soulive on March 10, 2010
Background information
Born (1961-09-22) September 22, 1961 (age 56)
Bronx, New York, United States
Genres Blues, blues rock, soul, world music, R&B, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards, organ, flute, backing vocals
Labels Columbia, Alligator, Landslide Records
Associated acts The Derek Trucks Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Website www.tedeschitrucksband.com,

Kofi Burbridge is an American keyboardist and flautist of the Grammy Award-winning blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band. Burbridge was born on September 22, 1961 to William and Carol Burbridge in the Bronx, NY, although the family moved to Washington, DC two years later.[1]

Burbridge is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, and he has provided keyboards, organ, flute, and backing vocals for various bands throughout his career. He was previously part of the Grammy Award winning Derek Trucks Band.[2] Kofi is also the brother of bass player Oteil Burbridge, who is known for his work in the Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Oteil Burbridge cites his brother as his biggest influence[3] and mentions Kofi was found to have perfect pitch around the age of seven.

Musical career[edit]

Burbridge joined his first band in the Atlanta region called Knee-Deep, and the lineup included his brother Oteil and Jeff Sipe on drums. The band broke up after less than a year but introduced him to other notable musicians in the area like Bruce Hampton. He eventually joined the Aquarium Rescue Unit shortly after Col Bruce Hampton left, which reunited him with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Sipe.

The Derek Trucks Band[edit]

Burbridge joined the band in 1999. In an interview upon the release of their 2002 album, Joyful Noise, Trucks commented in 2006, "Kofi Burbridge has been with us maybe 2–3 years, and he's one of the few musical geniuses that I've had the chance to work with..." continuing, "I'm really anxious to see in the next few years to see where he takes this, because he's definitely a huge part of what's going on right now."

The Tedeschi Trucks Band[edit]

In 2010, Kofi joined his brother Oteil Burbridge in the new group, Tedeschi Trucks Band; an eleven piece ensemble which merged some former members of The Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi's former backing band. Tedeschi Trucks Band performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 and appears on the DVD release with two of their songs, "Midnight in Harlem" and "Comin' Home". The Tedeschi Trucks Band released their debut album, Revelator in 2011, which won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. In 2012, the band released their second album, Everybody's Talkin', a double live album compiled from their 2011 world tour. On August 2013 their third album, Made Up Mind, their second studio album, was released.


With The Aquarium Rescue Unit

In a Perfect World (1994)

With The Derek Trucks Band[edit]

With The Tedeschi Trucks Band[edit]


  • Go There – Scott Sawyer (2007)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Seaman, Marley. “Kofi Burbridge: Side Man”, ‘’hittinthenote.com’’
  2. ^ Top40 Charts/ Sony Masterworks [1] The Derek Trucks Band wins Grammy, Top40
  3. ^ Burbridge, Oteil. “Kofi”, ‘’oteiburbridge.com’’