As a finalist for BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards and nominee in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021 and 2022, Alex Clarke is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile young saxophonists emerging on the British jazz scene. This December she is traveling to Cyprus for a performance at Technopolis 20 towards the end of the month.
On Tuesday, December 20, Clarke will take the stage of the Paphos venue at 8pm accompanied by Aris Constantinou on electric guitar and Kyriacos Kesta on double bass. 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 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.
Back in 2018, Alex released her debut album Mirage, and this summer, she released her latest quartet album, Only A Year. In October 2019, Alex recorded an album with The TJ Johnson Band, titled Songs from the Jazz Country. 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.
As a session musician, Alex has recorded for projects ranging from folk to northern soul, including recent sessions at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London. As a confident multi-instrumentalist – she plays saxophone, flute and clarinet – and reader, Alex is experienced at working in pit bands for musical theatre productions. Just before the year ends, she will head to the island’s west coast for an intimate jazz performance introducing Paphos audiences to the Alex Clarke Jazz Trio.
Alex Clarke Jazz Trio
Live jazz performance by British singer, accompanied by Aris Constantinou on electric guitar and Kyriacos Kesta on double bass. December 20. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €15. Tel: 7000-2420