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Anyone who saw Alex Clarke’s streamed performance alongside Alan Barnes from West Bromwich Central Library in October’s festival will have no doubt that hers is a remarkably mature talent and one steeped in the great traditions of jazz.

As a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, and winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, Alex is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile young reeds players emerging on the British jazz scene. Praised for her extensive repertoire list and intelligent ear for harmony, she brings a youthful, intuitive approach which sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings from New Orleans to bebop. Alex’s deep respect for the heritage of the music can be heard in a swinging, melodic approach reminiscent of Scott Hamilton and Lester Young, with strong influences of Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderley.

Catch her at the following times and places:

 

Fri 23rd 19:30 Palace Drum Clinic, Kingfisher Centre. Price £6 in advance (plus booking fee), £8 OTD. Click here for tickets  
Sat 24th 14:00 Hagley Road Village, Edgbaston
Sat 24th 19:30 The Bulls Head, Bishopgate Street
Sun 25th 16:00 The Station, Sutton Coldfield