Bassist Alex Boneham is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and relentless creative drive. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Alex has worked extensively worldwide with a wide array of artists from across the musical spectrum.
After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2009, Alex spent several years performing, recording and touring in Australia and New Zealand with a who’s who of Australian artists and international touring acts including James Morrison, Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, James Muller, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Joel Frahm, Will Vinson, Sarah McKenzie, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, and co-led group The Vampires.
In 2014 Alex was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble (now the Herbie Hancock Institute), a selective masters program where a group of musicians is hand-picked by a panel of living legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, James Newton and Herb Alpert.
During his two-year stint with the Monk Institute Alex performed with Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater in Morocco, headlined the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama during International Jazz Day celebrations. In addition to studying, performing and teaching with many legends of jazz, Alex also completed a Masters of Music from UCLA in 2016.
Alex’s musicianship has been recognized throughout his career having been awarded the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Scholarship in 2007, named the Bell Awards Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2012, and runner-up in the 2015 National Jazz Awards. He was also a featured performer on Sarah McKenzie’s 2012 ARIA award winning album “Close Your Eyes”.
Alex has toured and recorded with a extensive range of artists worldwide including Billy Childs Quartet/Trio/Jazz Chamber Ensemble, Walter Smith III, Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Gerald Clayton, James Morrison, James Muller, Tommy Emmanuel, Passenger, David Weiss, Theo Croker, Sarah McKenzie, Denise Donatelli, Rosario Giuliani, Roberto Tarenzi, Alice Ricciardi, Josh Johnson, Daniel Rotem, Michael Mayo, and The Vampires.
He appears on over 30 studio albums including four releases with co-led group The Vampires - Chellowdene (2010), Garfish (2012), Tiro (2013), and Pacifica (2019).
Alex has performed at many of the world’s major festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Australia), Bangen Jazz Festival (Sweden), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), AngraJazz (Portugal), as well as iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Kennedy Centre, Dolby Theatre, Blue Note Tokyo and Ronnie Scott’s.
Alex has made appearances on numerous TV, radio and online productions including PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show and NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and has recorded on a number of Hollywood film and TV scores.
See www.thevampires.com.au for information on ARIA award nominated group The Vampires.