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AKA Lowen Coxhill
Born: 19 September 1932
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Died: 10 July 2012

Lol Coxhill (born George W. Lowen Coxhill) was an English free-improvising saxophonist and raconteur. He played the soprano or sopranino saxophone. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Coxhil was a member of Canterbury scene bands Delivery (featuring Carol Grimes on their only album) and then Kevin Ayers & The Whole World.

Coxhill became active in the jazz scene as a teenager, when he began organizing club events with both live and recorded music in 1947. His interests were temporarily put on hold at the beginning of the 1950s by an invitation to spend some time with the Royal Air Force, but he made up for lost time throughout the rest of the decade, playing in a wide variety of ensembles and genres. During the 1960s he fronted some bands of his own, but mostly worked with visiting American soul and R&B performers, acting as a support musician as they toured the UK. His approach to the saxophone at the start of his career was entirely conventional, but by the close of 1960s he had developed a distinctive, unrestrained style that he could somehow integrate into any musical setting with which he was working.

In 1968, Coxill co-founded Delivery, which included both Phil Miller and Pip Pyle; the band would continue until 1972, at which time Miller and Pyle would move on to create Hatfield and the North.


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