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ALEXANDRA RIDOUT

BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS ‘RISING STAR’ RUNNER UP

Short Biog: Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine. At 17, she was the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016. Later that year she was a runner up in the British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ category and again in 2017.

Alexandra began studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music September ’17 on a scholarship. She performs around the country in Festivals, Arts Centres, Music Societies and all major Jazz clubs with ‘The Alexandra Ridout Quintet’ her own band of talented young jazz musicians, NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) of which she is a ‘chair’ (member),  Clark Tracey’s Tribute to Stan Tracey’s Hexad, The Barford/Stoneman Organ Quintet  and ‘The Ridouts’ a family band. Alexandra is also a member of The Matthew Herbert  Brexit Big Band and has performed with them at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim and the Barbican Centre.

Alexandra has had her music played on various Radio 3 show’s, Jazz FM and was the featured soloist on a broadcast throughout Europe at the end of 2016.

In the Dec 17/Jan 18 issue of Jazzwise magazine Alexandra is noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018’- “Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout was an outstanding winner of the BBC young musician jazz award of 2016 and just keeps on growing as an artist.”

Alexandra has been chosen by Clark Tracey to join his prestigious quintet in its new line up for 2018.
  

More detailed Biog.: Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine. At the age of 14 she gained a place on classical trumpet at the Junior Department of The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship. A year later she also gained a place on the Junior Jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music. Alex has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School for the last five years and last summer was one of two UK 16-19 year-olds chosen to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California. Alex became a full time member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) in January 2017 having ‘depped’ in the band many times in the previous year or two. After studying at The Purcell School for her sixth form, she began studying at The Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship from September 2017.

Since winning the BBC Young Jazz Musician award Alexandra has featured on many radio shows and also hosted the ‘True Brit’ show on Jazz FM. She also performed with fellow BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalists Noah Stoneman ( 2016 final ) and Freddie Jensen (2014 final) as a trio in the interval during the Classical BBC Young Musician final at The Barbican. This was filmed by the BBC to use at a later date.

Alexandra performs around the country in festivals, theatres and all major Jazz clubs with ‘The Alexandra Ridout Quintet’ her own band of talented young jazz musicians, NYJO,  Clark Tracey’s Tribute to Stan Tracey’s Hexad, The Barford/Stoneman Organ Quintet  and ‘The Ridouts’ a family band. Alexandra is also a member of The Matthew Herbert  Brexit Big Band and has performed with them at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim and the Barbican Centre.

In November 2016 the BBC invited Alexandra to be the featured soloist on flugelhorn with the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra’s performances of Kenny Wheeler’s 59 minute long ‘Sweet Sister Suite’. Their first performance on Thursday 17th November 2016 at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was recorded by the BBC and broadcast across the EU including Radio 3’s Jazz Now show.

In the Dec 17/Jan 18 issue of Jazzwise magazine Alexandra is noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for in 2018’- “Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout was an outstanding winner of the BBC young musician jazz award of 2016 and just keeps on growing as an artist.”

Alexandra has been chosen by Clark Tracey to join his prestigious quintet in its new line up for 2018.
 
Youtube linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIkRoJuIEXE&index=1&list=PLkViCFyvbJACCX7jrYqxQTRI5pH4k11oc

BBC Press release http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/bbc-young-musician-jazz-award

Press Quotes:
 “Her incredibly sweet, subtle and well-controlled tone….absolutely owning the stage and the room…melodic, fluent and engaging…great sound, and an emotional content to her playing, but again with superb control even in very high register…..Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady, showed that she has similar expertise on flugelhorn” – Jazz Journal

“Alexandra Ridout, just 17, showed her poise, shining tone, and instrumental command with an unaccompanied trumpet intro ………. a sparkling duet with Simcock on Herbie Hancock’s Sonrisa…..obviously a player of huge promise” – London Jazz News

“Her unaccompanied intro had heads nodding and feet tapping even before the band joined in.There was also a grooving take on Steve Wonder’s ‘Golden Lady’ to close the set in style, with a sizzling exchange of fours with Gwilym Simcock” – Jazzwise magazine

“Alexandra, she stood out because she connected with everybody. There’s a sense that she really really loves the music .She gets it and I think rhythmically she was just streets ahead , in terms of connecting with the groove of the music and trying to swing. It was beautiful.”- Julian Joseph on Jazz Line Up, Radio 3.

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