Jazz at Progress | Alex Clarke Quartet | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 2 June 2023 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £18.00 (£16.00 concessions, £9 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee.

Alex Clarke alto & tenor saxophones
Dave Newton piano
Dave Green bass
Clark Tracey drums

“The music is really good and I know you will enjoy it” – Scott Hamilton (Liner notes to ‘Only A Year’)

“A total joy” – Nubya Garcia

A finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, nominee in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021 & ’22 and a star of the 2022 Swanage Jazz Festival, Alex Clarke is one of the most melodic and versatile young saxophonists emerging on the British jazz scene.

With a ‘Rolls Royce’ rhythm section in support, Alex will be presenting a mixture of innovative arrangements of standards, original compositions and music by the likes of Phil Woods and Paquito D’Rivera in an authentic homage to the art of straight-ahead bebop.

Praised for her extensive repertoire list and intelligent ear for harmony, Alex Clarke brings a youthful, intuitive approach which sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings from New Orleans to bebop. Her sound is steeped in the tradition of jazz; her 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.

Alex released her debut album Mirage in 2018 and followed up in 2022 with her quartet album, Only A Year, featuring the immaculate rhythm section of Dave Newton, Dave Green and Clark Tracey, three of the most experienced and accomplished musicians to grace the UK and International jazz scene.

As well as leading her own projects, Alex has performed alongside many notable names, such as Gilad Atzmon, Greg Abate, Bruce Adams and Art Themen and recorded an album with The TJ Johnson Band, entitled Songs from the Jazz Country. She has recorded for projects ranging from folk to Northern soul, including recent sessions at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios.

A  confident multi-instrumentalist – saxophones, flute and clarinet – and reader, Alex is experienced at working in pit bands for musical theatre productions and as  an educator, she  has worked at Warwick School for three years, as well as tutoring on workshops and Summer Schools across the country.