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Alex Woods Quartet

  • Flute and Tankard 4 Windsor Place Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3BX United Kingdom (map)

Alex Woods sax
Billy Test piano
Marty Kenney bass
Andreas Swendsen drums

Alex Woods formed this ensemble 5 years ago during his time spent spent living in New York. Over the stretch of 3 years, Alex composed a lot of original music for the band, influenced heavily by his experiences within the cIty and some of the fascinating characters he was fortunate enough to meet. His quartet performed regularly at established New York jazz venues such as Cornelia St Cafe and Bonafide Jazz Club and recorded their debut album, entitled ‘Highline’.

Since leaving America, Alex has performed music of this album to audiences throughout Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. ‘Highline’ has been signed to Stoney Lane Records and to mark its release, the original New York Quartet will embark on a tour supported by the Arts Council England.

Alex Woods is an accomplished and multi award winning saxophonist, composer and arranger from the United Kingdom.

As a performer, he has collaborated with multiple Grammy award winning artists such as Jamie Cullum and Charlotte Church. Alex has toured extensively throughout Europe and has performed in some of the worlds top venues and festivals in Brazil, the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Israel and Russia. Alex Woods most recent album has been signed by Stoney Lane Records and will be released in early 2018.

As an arranger, he has worked on projects with Grammy award winning Vince Mendoza, Lalah Hathaway and the Metropole Orkest (Holland). He has also written for Big Band, string quartet and solo harp. He recently wrote and arranged the music to a new movie by 4x4 produtions.

He has been featured on numerous radio and TV broadcasts with Jazz FM Canada and BBC TV and Radio.

  • Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award in collaboration with Jazzwise and the Houses of Parliament award winner.

  • Bill Warman musician of the year for outstanding ability award winner.

  • EMI Music award winner.

  • Fame Academy UK award winner.

  • Stars of the future Cork Jazz Festival award winner.

He owes a large portion of his success to Dr. John Ruddick MBA and the nationally acclaimed Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra where he was a long-standing member and lead saxophonist.

Alex has been a guest artist and clinician at a variety of schools and universities and excels in sharing his knowledge with young aspiring musicians. Alex was hired to design a youth music program in Hong Kong for over 5,000 students which was successfully rolled out in the summer of 2017.

Alex was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK where he received a 1st class honors degree. During his third year of study, Alex successfully earned a place to study as an exchange student at CNSMDP in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse).

In 2013, Alex moved to New York where he was offered a scholarship to study at the prestigious Manhattan School of masters of music Program under the direction of Rich Perry, Jim McNeely, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and Garry Dial.