Alex is a saxophonist, composer and educator in the Boulder/Denver area. He instantly felt a connection with the saxophone the first time he picked it up around age eleven. He started taking music seriously in high school when he attended the Stanford Jazz workshop in Palo Alto, CA where he learned from legendary musicians such as Mark Turner, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshua Redman, Ndugu Chancler, and Eric Alexander. 

 

Alex studied music in his college undergrad at CU Boulder under the tutelage of Tom Myer of the classical saxophone department and John Gunther of the jazz studies department, as well as Brad Goode, Josh Quinlan, and Paul Romaine. He began gigging around the Denver area while working on his degree with renowned Ghanaian Afrobeat drummer Paa Kow. in 2012 he graduated college with a degree in saxophone performance with a secondary emphasis in jazz studies. 

 

Alex is the newest member of Denver indie-soul band Mama Magnolia, with whom he has toured with the Shook Twins, recorded, opened for grammy award winning collective Snarky Puppy, and played a sold-out opening set at Denver’s brand new Mission Ballroom. Since 2012 Alex has collaborated with many bands as a freelancer or a full-time member, including Gold Leader, Selasee, Kessel Run, Michelle Sarah Band, Casey Russel, Intuit, Eufórquestra, and Death by Dub. 

 

Alex is always working toward developing a personal and expressive voice on the saxophone. Trained in formal studies such as jazz and classical music, and influenced by other genres such as hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, West African Highlife, electronic, reggae, and soul, he is developing a love and understanding of the universal elements that make music of any style magical.