Eric Alexander, born on August 4, 1968, in Galesburg, Illinois, is an accomplished American jazz tenor saxophonist known for his robust sound, incredible technique, and deep-rooted passion for music. Over the years, Alexander has established himself as a leading figure in the jazz community and has become synonymous with the modern tenor saxophone.
Alexander’s journey into the world of music began at an early age, as he started playing the piano at six years old. He eventually switched to the tenor saxophone while attending Indiana University, where he studied classical saxophone under the tutelage of Eugene Rousseau. However, his passion for jazz was ignited after meeting and studying with jazz legends Joe Lovano and Gary Smulyan.
In 1991, Eric Alexander’s career took a significant turn when he placed second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. This achievement brought him to the attention of the jazz world and paved the way for his successful career as a jazz musician.
Since then, Alexander has released numerous albums as a leader, showcasing his exceptional skills as a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. His debut album, “Straight Up” (1992), marked the beginning of his fruitful career. He has since recorded over 40 albums as a leader, including “Man With a Horn” (1997), “Nightlife in Tokyo” (2003), and “Leap of Faith” (2019).
Throughout his career, Eric Alexander has collaborated with a wide array of jazz luminaries, such as Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, and Jimmy Cobb. He has also been a member of the all-star sextet One For All, featuring Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth, which has released several acclaimed albums.
In addition to his work as a performer and recording artist, Alexander is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion for music with the next generation of musicians. He has taught masterclasses and workshops worldwide and has served as a faculty member at William Paterson University and the Jazz House Kids program.
Eric Alexander’s contributions to the jazz landscape have solidified his status as one of the most respected and influential saxophonists of his generation. His distinctive sound, impressive technique, and unwavering dedication to his craft continue to inspire fans and fellow musicians alike, making him an essential figure in the world of jazz music.
Last updated 3/18/2023.