THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Tuesday 17 May / Dydd Mawrth 17 Mai
"World-Renowned Tenor Saxophonist"
ALAN SKIDMORE, a world-class musician experienced in a myriad of musical
environments and disciplines, is renowned both as a soloist and as a section player on
films, radio and television. The list of international artists with whom he has performed
and recorded reads like a "Who's Who" of contemporary music and includes
Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Elvin Jones, Eric Clapton, Clark Terry, Stan Tracey,
Van Morrison, Charlie Watts, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and
Dexter Gordon! A performer at festivals as far apart as Chicago and Berlin, Alan has
conducted workshops all over the world, including Australia, India,
the Philippines and the USA.
The earliest of his many special achievements came in 1969, when his quintet, featuring
the late Kenny Wheeler, represented the UK at the Montreux Jazz Festival and won the
International Press Awards for Best Soloist, which included a scholarship to Berklee
College of Music in Boston, and for Best Band.
Alan first won the Melody maker Jazz Poll for saxophone in 1971 and two years later
formed the band S.O.S with John Surman and Mike Osborne, with which he toured
extensively and appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
During the 1980s he represented the BBC at the Belgrade Festival with the band S.O.H.
(Skidmore, Oxley and Haurand), with which he toured Europe for six years, and has
toured the world and recorded with Stones drummer Charlie Watts,
Stan Tracey and Georgie Fame, featuring with Georgie on TV's Later With Jools Holland.
After the abolition of apartheid, Alan was chosen to be the first European jazz musician
to go on a British Council sponsored tour of South Africa, and has since recorded the
CD's "The Call" and "Ubizo" and toured the UK with the African drum band
As well as his past appearances for North Wales Jazz, Alan continues to play all the
major festivals. His "Tribute to John Coltrane" UK tour which included appearances at
Brecon Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival received rave reviews, and more
recently, he has collaborated with Peter King at the North Sea Jazz Festival where they
presented their "In Honour of Bird and Trane" programme, accompanied by the
celebrated Dutch band, the Rein de Graaff Trio while, closer to home, last autumn he
performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Elvis Costello and Georgie Fame.
Alan can be heard on many recordings, including the CDs "Tribute to Trane" and
"East to West" by the Alan Skidmore Quartet, and
"How Long Has This Been Going On" with the Van Morrison Band,
which reached number 1 in the US Jazz chart.
For his concert at the Llay Royal British Legion,
Alan Skidmore will be joined by BILL COLEMAN (double bass), featuring
PAUL KILVINGTON (keyboards) and DAVE HASSELL (drums).