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Alex Yellowlees

Primary Instrument: Violin

Born: February 12, 1954    

Alex Yellowlees

Thanks you for taking the time to read my profile. Making music has been one of the great joys and journeys of my life - from Classical to Celtic to Bluegrass and finally into the world of Jazz. I have always loved the melodic sound of violin, guitars and double bass since my father took me a concert of the great French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli when I was 12 years old and my journey began. Combine lovely melodies with improvisational opportunity and I am in heaven! It is my privilege to perform with three wonderful virtuostic musicians and it is always a pleasure sharing the stage with them....
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The Scotsman - He is little short of masterful - his tone and phrasing are out of the top drawer.

Edinburgh International Jazz Festival - The most exciting instrumental lineup in years

Shetland International Music Festival - This group wowed the crowd with the dazzling virtuosity of their playing

Northern Italy International Jazz Festival - Expect world class for that is what you will get!

Edinburgh International Jazz Festival - Alex Yellowlees' style is reminiscent of the late Stephane Grappelli and he performs with much of the French maestro's melodic inventiveness.

Orkney Arts Festival - The Hot Club mix elegance and passion in a swinging jazz performance! Jazz violinists are a pretty rare breed with considerable technical and stylistic problems to master - yet Alex Yellowlees made it seem easy! His grace and agility were unmistakable and his finely crafted solos were a highlight of the evening. Nigel Clark displays an astonishing level of virtuosity!

Edinburgh International Festival Fringe - Brilliant, don't miss them!

Edinburgh Evening News - What is not in dispute is his wonderful way with a violin. This man is easily as good a performer as Joe Venuti or Stephane Grappelli - meaning that he is not only instinctive in his playing, but also highly creative.

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