Trumpet - 2016 Jazz Winner
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 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
“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.”