Alexa Tarantino is a New York City-based saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. She is known for her high-octane performances, sharply plotted compositions, and dynamic teaching style.
Tarantino was born in Rockport, Massachusetts, and began playing the saxophone at the age of 10. She quickly rose through the ranks of the youth jazz scene, winning numerous awards and accolades. After graduating from high school, Tarantino enrolled at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in jazz saxophone performance and music education. She went on to receive a master’s degree in jazz studies from The Juilliard School.
Tarantino is a versatile musician who performs on alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet, flute, alto flute, and piccolo. She has been a member of several leading jazz ensembles, including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Alexa has teamed up with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian to form the quintet “LSAT,” performing original compositions combining baritone and alto saxophones. She has also toured extensively with her own groups, including the Alexa Tarantino Quintet and the Alexa Tarantino Trio.
In addition to her performing career, Tarantino is also a dedicated educator. She is currently on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Education Programs and directs one of their High School Jazz Academy big bands. She has also taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Rockport Jazz Workshop, which she founded and directs.
Tarantino is a rising star in the jazz world. She has been praised by critics and audiences alike for her technical brilliance, emotional intensity, and innovative compositions. She is a true saxophone virtuoso and a role model for young musicians everywhere.
Page last updated 10/2/2023.