The winning line-up at the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival (l-r) John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Miller, Alan Skidmore and Tony Oxley
Playing with Elvin Jones’ Jazz Machine
Chilling with Elvin
SOS taking a break
SOH – Ali Haurand, Tony Oxley, Alan Skidmore
Sonny Rollins left his exhortation to keep blowing to Alan and his dad Jimmy on a menu at Ronnie Scott’s in 1965.
Twenty years later Sonny Rollins wanted a selfie with Alan, his wife Kay and daughter Alice.
Alan has played many times with the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band in this instance on soprano sax but he also played tenor and flute on the gig. With Elvin Jones on drums, the impressive line up included Earl Gardner, Americo Bellotti, Alan Botchinsky, Palle Mikkelborg, Benny Bailey, Woody Shaw and Franco Ambrosetti on trumpets, Runo Eriksson, Jimmy Knepper, Eje Thelin, Mike Zwerin on trombones, Howard Johnson, Jerry Dodgion, Lew Tabakin and Bernie Wallace the others saxes. Lois Colin on harp, John Schofield guitar, Mike Richmond bass and George Gruntz at the keyboards.
Alan with another great drummer – Peter Erskine at the Viersen Jazz Festival in Germany in 2012
Alan was honoured to share the bill with many of John Coltrane’s regulars in 1987.
He also played in 2017 at a concert marking 50 years since Coltrane’s passing.
Alan playing in 2017. Photograph Graham Mullett.