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28 October 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


We are extremely pleased to present one of the UK’s future stars in another of our special Saturday evening gigs, when we welcome the wonderful saxophonist ALEX CLARKE to SoundCellar.

This gig will take place at The Grasshopper,
139 – 141 Bournemouth Rd, Poole BH14 9HT.

Please note: If parking in either of the car parks at The Grasshopper, you must register your vehicle on one of the dedicated terminals at the bar or in the function room.

Ticket link below

As a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards and nominee in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021 & 2022, Alex Clarke is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile young saxophonists to have emerged on the British jazz scene. Since the age of 15, where she saw her first public performance sitting in with the Exall/Roberts Quintet at Pershore Jazz Festival, Alex has been a regular face at jazz clubs and festivals all around the country.

Known for her versatility and open-minded attitude towards jazz, Alex enjoys performing a range of genres from New Orleans to bebop. Praised for her extensive repertoire and intelligent ear for harmony, she brings a youthful, intuitive approach that always sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings. Alex’s musical voice is steeped in the tradition of jazz; her deep respect for the heritage of the music can be heard in her swinging, melodic sound, which is reminiscent of Scott Hamilton and Lester Young, also heavily influenced by Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderley.

Alex works within many genres of music including prog rock, ska, soul and motown, in addition to jazz. She released her debut album “Mirage” in 2018 and as the Alex Clarke Quartet, recorded with UK jazz legends David Newton, Dave Green and Clark Tracey, she released the album ‘Only A Year’ in 2022.

As well as leading her own projects, Alex performs alongside many notable names such as Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Art Themen and TJ Johnson and has worked with prestigious large ensembles such as The Simon Spillett Big Band and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Bathe in her command of rhythm and her gorgeous sound on alto and tenorAll About Jazz

One of the UK’s finest young jazz talentsThe Jazz Rag

For her SoundCellar debut, we are looking forward to seeing and hearing Alex perform with three of our finest musicians, all of whom, as our discerning Grasshopper audiences know, are guaranteed to provide a perfect vehicle for Alex to work with: Phil Doyle on keyboards, Ben Taylor on double bass and Andy Chapman on drums.

Alex Clarke: Saxes / woodwind
Ben Taylor: Acoustic bass
Andy Chapman: Drums
Phil Doyle: Keyboards

Entry is £15 + booking fee in advance through the below link, or £18 on the door (cash or card).

All advance ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to a video of the evening’s performance, available for one month

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28 October 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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SoundCellar at The Grasshopper
139 - 141 Bournemouth Rd
Poole, Dorset BH14 9HT United Kingdom
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15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).

(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for most of our gigs – please check individual listings for details. They are subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.