In March 2016 Alexandra won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, performing music by Herbie Hancock, Jerome Kern and Stevie Wonder, as well as one of her own compositions, with the Gwilym Simcock Trio.
In March 2016 Alexandra won the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, performing music by Herbie Hancock, Jerome Kern and Stevie Wonder, as well as one of her own compositions, with the Gwilym Simcock Trio. Alexandra, from Aylesbury, is a student at the Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. Last summer she was one of two young musicians from the UK chosen to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California, and she has successfully auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School for the last five years.
Alexandra has performed at leading venues including The 606 Club, Pizza Express Soho and Cadogan Hall (as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival Kenny Wheeler Tribute). In addition to leading her own band, The Alexandra Ridout Quintet, Alexandra performs as part of The Ridouts with her brother Tom (saxophone and recorder), dad Mark (guitar) and Tristan Mailliot (drums) and Flo Moore (bass). She is also a member of The Barford/Stoneman organ quintet, and is regularly invited to front bands at venues such as Park Chinois, The Ivy and regional jazz venues. An accomplished orchestral player, Alexandra has performed Handel’s Messiah with Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martin in the Fields, and as principal trumpet with the Purcell School Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Recent highlights include performing with Dave Holland and the National Youth Jazz Collective flagship band at the Houses of Commons, and as part of the Alexandra Ridout Quintet at the 2016 Manchester Jazz Festival. She has appeared as a special guest with Nerija at The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, and with Peter King, Mornington Lockett, Dave O’Higgins and Julian Joseph at the 606 Club’s 40th birthday celebrations. Since winning the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, Alexandra has been interviewed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and Jazz Now shows, BBC Breakfast, and hosted the ‘True Brit’ show on Jazz FM. Highlights this season include a special commemoration of Stan Tracey’s music as part of the specially formed Clark Tracey Sextet (Herts Jazz), and sold-out performances at The Stables (Alexandra Ridout Quintet) and Guilford’s Jazz Cafe (The Ridouts).
“We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but I think most importantly there was a relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing.”
“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.”
“Her unaccompanied intro had heads nodding and feet tapping even before the band joined in. There was also a grooving take on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Golden Lady’ to close the set in style, with a sizzling exchange of fours with Gwilym Simcock.”
To book Alexandra contact Helen Carvell, Artist & Finance Manager:
0207 379 8477