Alex Western-King Quartet

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Last Show: Wednesday 24 th November 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Alex Western-King is an award-winning musician who is generally considered to be one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation. With an impressive CV and band that claims the space between forward thinking post-bop and all out free improvisation, Alex is rapidly establishing himself at the forefront of the modern UK jazz scene. Having shared the stage with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), Julian Siegel, Gareth Lockrane and more, Alex is now striking out with his debut release, 'SideSlip' on Ubuntu Music which was released earlier this year. This gig is one of the first opportunities to hear this music live in the capital with the original band comprising;

“Young monarch of swing”

Jazzwise Magazine

Since forming in 2016 the AWK Quartet has gained a reputation for being one of the 'hardest swinging bands in town', with past performance highlights at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Spice of Life Soho, Hampstead Jazz Club, Green Note Jazz Club, Hot Numbers and Olivers Jazz Bar. The band infuses their love for classic bebop with contemporary compositions, creating a fresh and compelling sound. This is the DEBUT of some of Alex's original compositions, some of which have been written specifically for Pizza Express Jazz Club, along with a selection of much loved jazz standards. Alex's music has taken him all over the world and given him the opportunity perform with many world class musicians including Justin Stanton, Brad Allen Williams, Pee Wee Ellis, Dame Cleo Laine, Gareth Lockrane and Alex Garnett to name a few. His compositions allow the band to focus on improvisation, making way for alluring and unpredictable musical journeys.

Alex Western-King (saxophone)

Sam Leak (piano)

Jonny Wickham (bass)

Jay Davis (drums)