| 8 September 1996 (age 19) (1996-09-08) |
Jazz, Funk, House, Drum & Bass, Pop
Musician, producer, composer
Saxophone, Piano, EWI, Clarinet
Clayton‑Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Brian Blade, Gwilym Simcock
Alexander Bone Wikipedia
Alexander Bone (born 8 September 1996) is a jazz saxophonist, pianist, music producer, and composer from England. In March 2014, he was crowned the inaugural winner of the BBC Young Musician - Jazz Award, where he performed with the Gwilym Simcock Trio. The final was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 in May 2014. In September 2015, he performed on the Proms in the Park in Swansea, alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He releases electronic music under the alias "Boney", recently remixing Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue.
Alexander Bone began playing piano at the age of 2 and saxophone at the age of 6. He was taught saxophone by his father and attained musical experience on his parents music course 'Groovin High' and through busking throughout the UK, notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During this time, he played with established musicians including Stan Tracey and Snake Davis. He achieved his first diploma (DipLCM) in saxophone at 11 years old, making him one of the youngest people to achieve this in the UK. He has since achieved other diplomas in jazz saxophone, most recently the Fellowship Diploma (FLCM) when he was 18.
At age 13, he passed his grade 8 jazz piano with a distinction before he was awarded a place to attend Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. Here, he studied with Iain Dixon, Les Chisnall, Steve Berry and Richard Iles. He also began to start teaching himself music production in his spare time and releasing music online under the alias "Boney".
In March 2014, he performed in the inaugural final of the BBC Young Musician – Jazz Award competition in Cardiff to a judging panel consisting of Django Bates, Trish Clowes, Jason Yarde, and Julian Joseph. He was crowned the winner.
At this time, he also had remixes released under his alias Boney on Spinnin' Records and Freemaison Records.
He was one of three British musicians selected to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, which took place at the University of the Pacific in August 2014.
In September 2014, he worked in the studio with Nile Rodgers and Rudimental on an official remix of Chic's disco hit "Le Freak". Alongside the official version, Bone released a bootleg remix online, which received support from Nile Rodgers on Twitter. He was also asked to arrange Newton Faulkner's hit song "Indecisive" and perform it with Newton on saxophone. In November 2015, Bone performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Greater Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra. Other festivals and venues he has performed at include Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, and Manchester Jazz Festival with artists including Liane Carroll and Dave Holland.
In September 2015, Bone moved to London to study jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A month later, he was approached by Parlophone Records to remix "100 Degrees" by Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue. The remix was released a month later on Parlophonx and the remix EP peaked at No. 21 in the UK Albums Chart.