Alexander Bone is a 23 year old saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer based in the UK.
He has performed twice as a soloist on the BBC Proms.
First on The Last Night of the Proms in September 2015, performing two of his own orchestral arrangements broadcast to millions on BBC Two.
Most recently he performed as part of the 2018 Young Musician Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating 40 years of BBC Young Musician, broadcast on BBC Four.
He has worked with big names in jazz, pop & electronic music including:
Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Gwilym Simcock, Liane Carroll & David Newton.
In his teens he was crowned the first ever winner of the BBC Young Musician - Jazz Award, before being voted the winner of the British Jazz Awards “Rising Star” by members of the public.
In 2019, he was awarded the Kenny Wheeler Prize and Graduate Award from the Royal Academy of Music.
He is currently writing and producing his debut album, to be released on Edition Records.
Alexander has led his own bands playing original music at venues & festivals across the UK & Europe including London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts (Jazzwise Festival), Manchester Jazz Festival & London Saxophone Festival (headlining alongside artists including Bob Reynolds & YolanDa Brown). In 2018, the ‘Alexander Bone Quartet’ toured Czech Republic for 2 weeks.
He’s performed live with internationally-acclaimed artists including Newton Faulkner, writing an exclusive arrangement of his hit song ‘Indecisive’. Other artists include the Gwilym Simcock, Scott Hamilton, Liane Carroll & Gary Barlow.
As a producer, Alexander has recently worked with global superstars Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue, pop/disco legend Nile Rodgers and chart-topping producers Rudimental.
He has performed globally as a club sax player, including Ibiza, Hawaii & Mallorca.
As a concert soloist, Alexander has worked twice with BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2015 he performed Taxi Driver by Bernard Herrmann with the orchestra, recorded for the show Friday Night Is Music night presented by Mark Kermode (broadcast on BBC Radio Two). He performed with the orchestra again in 2018 at the BBC Young Musician Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside other soloists including Nicola Benedetti & Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performing the world premiere of Gershwinicity by Iain Farrington.
He first performed at the BBC Proms in 2015 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Last Night of the Proms, where he performed his own orchestral arrangements of “Ain’t Nobody” & “Pure Imagination”. This was broadcast live to millions of viewers on BBC Two.
As a composer, he was commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival in 2017 to compose a 1 hour piece of music to be premiered at the festival. Later that year, he was commissioned by Music For Life to compose a piece for the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra. Other composers included Iain Ballamy, Mark Nightingale & Richard Iles.
In 2019, Alexander graduated with a first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
As an electronic music producer, Alexander currently releases music under the alias ‘Xan Boney’. His debut single Stain was released in April 2017. He is receiving requests from highly respected international artists to remix their material and produce their records. He has had remixes released on labels including Parlophone Records & Spinnin’ Records.
Alexander was born into a musical family, his mother a singer and his father a saxophonist. At the age of 2, Alexander began attending his parents' music course "Groovin' High” & began playing various instruments including keyboard, harmonica and drums.
He began playing saxophone when he was 6, taught by his father. He started on soprano as alto was too big. Within a month and a half, he had passed his grade 1.
Alexander used to enjoy busking with his dad for performance experience and to raise money to buy an alto and tenor saxophone. They performed many times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Alexander played as a young child with many high profile names including Snake Davis and Stan Tracey. Alexander achieved his grade 8 jazz saxophone at the age of 10, and during his teens acquired all four diplomas for jazz saxophone, finishing with the Fellowship Diploma (FLCM) at 18. He also passed his grade 8 jazz piano with a distinction at the age of 13 just before he was awarded a place to attend Chethams School of Music. Here, he studied with Iain Dixon, Les Chisnall, Steve Berry & Richard Iles. He was a member of the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He was one of three British musicians selected to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, which took place at University of the Pacific, Lake Tahoe in August 2014.
Alexander is proud to be use instruments and products by Yanagisawa Saxophones, D'Addario Woodwinds and
Alexander plays a Yanagisawa 991B curved soprano, alto and tenor, and uses strength 5.5 Fibracell reeds.
On alto, he uses a D'Addario Select Jazz mouthpiece with a BG LD0 ligature.
Alexander highly recommends George Gladstone for woodwind instrument repairs.