Jamie O'Donnell

Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: 1968

Jamie O'Donnell is a London based alto saxophonist. He began playing alto saxophone aged 17 after falling in love with the music of Charlie Parker, growing to love the playing of the great alto players Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Cannonball Adderley, Art Pepper and Sonny Stitt. Jamie studied saxophone with Aubrey Frank before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he studied with Jean Toussaint and Simon Purcell. Jamie has also studied with the Bebop legend, pianist Barry Harris.

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”..Incisive tone reminiscent of Phil Woods.” —The Jazz Mann

“Jamie O’Donnell’s mercurial (Phil Woods-influenced) bop-edged alto solo is a delight.” —londonjazznews.com

“Excellent, Mclean'ish saxophone player” —Jazz at Ronnie Scott's magazine

“Classic, inspired musician” —'Hello' magazine

“Plays with a maturity that belies his years.” —Steve Rubie, 606 Club