Alan Barnes


Multi-award winning, sax virtuoso, Alan Barnes performing at Fleet Jazz Club. Photograph courtesy of Michael Carrington (Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club)


Alan Barnes is one of Britain’s most distinguished and versatile saxophonists. He has enjoyed a prolific career playing and recording for many bands including the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra, and has toured and recorded with, among others, Freddie Hubbard, Dick Walter, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Don Weller, Stan Tracey, Mike Westbrook,  John Dankworth, Tina May, Bill LeSage, Spike Robinson, Clare Teale, and Don Weller.

Alan has won many British Jazz Awards (including clarinet and alto saxophone awards in 2013) and in 2010 he received a trio of prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year awards, in 3 categories: for Clarinet, Alto sax and Baritone Sax.

“A tonic for the ears… among the most accomplished of British jazz musicians” The Daily Telegraph

“Alan plays it hard and fast and with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style and could not be easily be confused with another player.”Jazz Journal