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Alex Clarke

A Finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, and the winner of the “Rising Star” category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, Alex is one of the most exciting young jazz musicians emerging on the UK jazz scene.

Since the age of 15 - where she saw her first public performance sitting in with the Exall/Roberts Quintet at Pershore Jazz Festival - Alex has been a regular face at traditional and mainstream jazz clubs and festivals all around the country.

Known for her versatility and open-minded attitude towards jazz, Alex enjoys performing a range of genres from New Orleans to bebop. Praised for her extensive repertoire list and intelligent ear for harmony, she brings a youthful, intuitive approach that always sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings. Alex's musical voice is steeped in the tradition of jazz; her deep respect for the heritage of the music can be heard in her swinging, melodic sound which is reminiscent of Scott Hamilton and Lester Young, with influences of early Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderley.

Her quintet - The Alex Clarke Hot Five - features experienced New Orleans trombonist Mike Owen, and play a range of classic repertoire from New Orleans spirituals to British trad. Her straight-ahead quartet perform a mixture of American Songbook standards and bebop.

As well as leading her own Hot Five and Quartet, Alex works with local bands and house rhythm sections up and down the country, performing alongside notable names such as Roy Williams, Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Gilad Atzmon, Greg Abate, Dave Newton and Art Themen. Additionally, Alex regularly works with the highly acclaimed jazz, blues and country vocalist/pianist TJ Johnson. As well as small group playing, Alex has worked with a variety of big bands such as the highly-regarded Northern band 'Swingtime' and The Paul Barry Big Band. ​

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