|Birth name||Alan Richard James Skidmore|
|Born||21 April 1942|
He was born in London, England. Skidmore began his professional career in his teens, and early in his career he toured with comedian Tony Hancock. In the 1960s, he appeared on BBC Radio, then worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall, and Ronnie Scott. He started a band with Harry Miller, Tony Oxley, John Taylor, and Kenny Wheeler, which won awards at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In the early 1970s, he started a saxophone-only band with John Surman and Mike Osborne. He has also worked with Mose Allison, Kate Bush, Elton Dean, Georgie Fame, Mike Gibbs, George Gruntz, Elvin Jones, Van Morrison, Stan Tracey, Charlie Watts, and Mike Westbrook.
- Jazz in Britain '68–69 with John Surman, Tony Oxley (Decca, 1972)
- SOS with John Surman and Mike Osborne (Ogun, 1975)
- European Jazz Quintet: Live at Moers Festival (Ring, 1977)
- El Skid with Elton Dean, Chris Laurence, John Marshall (Vinyl Records, 1977)
- European Jazz Quintet (EGO, 1978)
- S.O.H. with Tony Oxley, Ali Haurand (EGO, 1979)
- European Jazz Quintet III (Fusion, 1982)
- Tribute to Trane (Miles Music 1988)
- After the Rain (Miles Music 1998)
- The Call (Provocateur, 1999)
- S.O.H. Live in London (Jazzwerkstatt, 2007)
- Jazz Live Trio with Kenny Wheeler (TCB, 2012)
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
- "Alan Skidmore". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
- "Discography". Web.archive.org. June 27, 2017. Archived from the original on October 12, 2006.
- "Alan Skidmore | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2021.