Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch (born 10 July 1978) is a British jazz alto saxophonist and rapper. Born in London, England to a Barbadian father, who is a playwright, and British-Jamaican mother, who is an actress, Kinch began playing saxophone at the age of nine after learning clarinet at Allfarthing Primary School, Wandsworth, SW London. He then moved to Birmingham where he attended West House Primary School in Edgbaston beginning a long association with Britain''s second city. After meeting Wynton Marsalis four years later he discovered and became passionate about jazz, first concentrating on piano and later, in his teens, focusing on alto saxophone. He attended Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire, from the age of 13 through to completing his A levels at 18. In 2001 he also established the Soweto Kinch Trio - with bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Troy Miller, which supported Courtney Pine at the former Ronnie Scott''s Jazz Club, in Birmingham, and performed at the Royal Festival Hall and Cheltenham International Jazz Festival.


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