born August 4, 1968
A straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Eric Alexander is known for his sophisticated hard- and post-bop style. Born in Illinois, he began as a classical musician studying alto sax, but quickly began an obsession with the tenor saxophone at Indiana University at Bloomington. Inspired to pursue his musical pursuits further, Eric transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with jazz legends like Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Norman Simmons and Rufus Reid. After receiving his degree, he moved back to the Midwest, where he became a fixture in the Chicago club scene touring with Charles Earland.
Eric's first taste of fame came after placing second in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He was signed to a recording contract shortly after and was thus launched into the life of a professional jazz musician. Eric made his recording debut with Charles Earland that year, shortly thereafter cutting his first record as a leader, “Straight Up.” Since then, he has recorded prolifically, releasing 36 albums as a leader in his career.
Alexander has worked with many notable jazz musicians, including organist Mel Rhyne, baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, pianists Kenny Barron and Harold Mabern, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Joe Farnsworth. He has worked extensively with the sextet One for All. He continues to tour the world while remaining based in New York City, where he appears regularly at the club Smoke on the Upper West Side.
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