Who? Alexander ‘Boney’ Bone.
What? Prodigious teenage jazz talent.
From where? Born in Darlington, based in the North East.
What’s the story? Alexander is a 19-year-old composer, performer and producer who first started taking piano lessons aged four and began learning sax two years later.
His natural ear for melody and his innate timings made the world sit up and notice very quickly, and he was singled out for the inaugural BBC Young Musician of the Year – Jazz Award in 2014.
Over his teenage years, Alexander has fledged from local jazz bands and orchestras to perform on stages at top events including London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Liverpool Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festival.
He’s also performed at the the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Houses of Parliament, and in September 2015, The Last Night of the Proms.
As a composer, Alexander has already written for big band, jazz trios, quarters and quintets, pop/funk/rock bands and full classical orchestras, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Alongside his notable live airings and compositional skills, he’s a gun for hire across the music industry, playing sax for Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Kylie Minogue and Liane Carroll, to name a few.
Later this week he’ll be presenting his Jam Experiment show at the Jazz Café, Newcastle (4 March), Travellers Rest, Darlington (5 March) and Seven Jazz, Leeds (6 March).
After that, he’ll be appearing at the BBC Young Musician of the Year – Jazz Award Final in Cardiff on 12 March.
As Boney, Alexander produces electronic music, some of which he’ll be premiering in Cardiff. He’ll be releasing some of these new jazz-hybrid sounds later this year.
Sounds like? An open-minded composer hell bent on bringing jazz to the masses.
Predicted to? Become one of the cornerstones of the more populist sides of the genre here in the UK.