In Memoriam: Multi-Instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge (September 22, 1961 – February 15, 2019)
Tedeschi Trucks Band multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge died on Friday at age 57. The news was shared by Kofi’s friend and former band mate Yonrico Scott and confirmed by multiple sources. While the cause of death has not been reported as of press time, the New York City native was recently hospitalized following what was described by the Tedeschi Trucks Band as a “setback related to his surgery in 2017.” Kofi underwent emergency heart surgery on June 20, 2017 and spent months recovering.
Kofi was a master at both the flute and keyboards and had strong vocal skills. Both he and his younger brother, Oteil, displayed musical talent early on and were encouraged by their parents to perform and learn as much about music as they could. The pair learned how to play various instruments and took courses in classical and jazz. 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 including some with Scott. His relationship with Yonrico was in part responsible for Derek Trucks adding Burbridge to the lineup of the Derek Trucks Band in 1999. That same year, Derek became a member of the Allman Brothers Band. Oteil had joined the ABB in 1997 and Kofi made numerous guest appearances with the group.
Our condolances go out to Kofi’s family and friends…