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Skidmore, Alan

Skidmore, Alan, tenor saxophone, soprano, flutes, drums; b. London, 21 April 1942. His father was tenor saxophonist Jimmy Skidmore.

Skidmore got his musical education at the London Conservatory. As a young man he already played with Jon Mayall, Alexis Korner, Georgie Fame, the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra, the Stan Tracy Band and Ronnie Scott. Later he played with Tubby Hayes, John Surman, Chris MacGregor' s "Brotherhood of Breath", the George Grunz "Concert Band", Eberhard Weber, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Weather Report, Dave Holland and the BBC Big Band in London. He's made recordings with Herbie Hancock, Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook and the formation of SOS with John Surman. He was a guest soloist in Hamburg with the NDR Big Band and from 1981-84 at the WDR Big Band. He's made tours in the U.S.A. and Europe with Charlie Watts big band. He played with Colin Towns "Mask Orchestra" at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. When he represented England in 1969 with his quintet at the International Jazz Festival in Montreux, they won the first media prize and Skidmore was judged as best soloist. For many years he has been prize holder for tenor saxophone at the English Jazz Polls at the "Melody Maker". Record and CD recordings with Chick Corea, George Grunz, SOH, European Jazz Quintet, Third Eye, Georgie Fame, European Jazz Ensemble with his quartet.

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