Alexander Bone is an eighteen year-old jazz saxophonist, pianist, producer & songwriter from England. In March 2014 he was the first ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year – Jazz Award, where he performed with the Gwilym Simcock Trio to an audience and judging panel consisting of Julian Joseph, Django Bates, Trish Clowes and Jason Yarde. The final was
broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 in May 2014.
Alexander’s parents run a music course called ‘Groovin’ High’ four times a year. Alexander attended for the first time when he was two, playing improvised keyboard and harmonica solos, as well as drums. His earliest interaction with music production was a Playstation game called ‘Music 2000’ which would allow him to compose and mix his own music. Music production is a big part of
Alexander’s musical life now, along with his other musical expeditions. Alexander started to play the saxophone at the age of six, he was taught by his Dad. Within a month and a half, he had already passed his grade 1. He began lessons in jazz piano at the age of four.
Frustrated at the lack of places to play, Alexander used to enjoy busking with his Dad for performance experience. They played many times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Alexander achieved his grade 8 jazz saxophone at the age of 10, Diploma at 11 (DipLCM), Associate Diploma at 13 (ALCM) and Licentiate Diploma (LLCM) at 14. He also passed his grade 8 jazz piano with a distinction at the age of 13 just before he was awarded a place to attend Chetham’s School of Music, which he still attends today. He studies with Iain Dixon, Les Chisnall, Steve Berry & Richard Iles.
Alexander has been awarded a place to study jazz at The Royal Academy of Music in London, starting in September 2015. Alexander played as a young child with many high profile names including Snake Davis who mentored him many times and Stan Tracey. He has played with many great artists through the National Youth Jazz Collective where he attends summer schools and also through Chetham’s (including Jean Toussaint). Alexander is a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, travelling down to rehearse in London as often as he can. He is also a member of Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra and has appeared at the Manchester Jazz Festival, Wigan International Jazz Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall with them.
Alexander has recently worked with disco legend Nile Rodgers (CHIC) and drum & bass producers Rudimental at RAK Studios in London on a remix of Le Freak that was be released in October
2014. He’s also recently performed live with Newton Faulkner, writing an exclusive arrangement of his hit song Indecisive.
In 2014, Alexander became endorsed by Yanagisawa saxophones. He plays a 991 Black curved soprano, alto and tenor. As well as performing, Alexander is passionate about electronic music production and releases music under the alias ‘Boney’. He is receiving requests from highly respected international artists to remix their material and produce they records. He has recently had his remixes released on Spinnin’ Records and Freemaison Records.