Alexander, 17, is BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year

It’s a new award, and it went today to saxophonist Alexander Bone of Darlington. ‘Life is very surreal at the moment, and I really can’t thank everyone enough!’ he writes.  Report here.

 

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The main competition is reaching its climax. The semi-final will take place on 9 March 2014 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.  BBC Young Musician Final will take place on 18 May 2014 at Usher Hall, Edinburgh. It will be broadcast on BBC Four and Radio 3.

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  • Fantastic to see this award going to a Chethams student. A silver lining to go under many clouds forming over that institution recently

  • This kid would fit right in whether it was Harlem or the Chicago South Side, etc. There are some wonderful YouTube clips of his playing at an earlier age. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I hear shades of Pharoah Sanders and other greats in his playing Terrific ! And kudos to his dad who must have been a great inspiration and encouragement.

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