Born: March 4, 1975 Primary Instrument: Piano
Alexandra Samsonova, began her musical training at the age of six. Starting with classical she was accepted at the age of sixteen at the renowned Gnesinyh Russian Academy of Music. Wishing to develop growing interest in jazz, she was later admitted to the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, where she graduated Summa CumLaude in 2001, with a joint major in performance and composition.
Since then, Alexandra has performed with Kevin Mahogany, Greg Hopkins, Darren Barrett, Lionel Lueke and Jaleel Shaw to name a few. She has played at the Blue Note and the Carnegie Hall in New York, and was invited in 2000 to the IAJE conference in New Orleans as a guest performer.
With her own band, for which she writes the music, Alexandra has appeared at the Jamburee Jazz Festival in Barcelona, Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Nantucket Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Festival, Bi-2 Jazz Club in Moscow, Russia. She recently completed a tour Club in Portugal and Spain where she performed in such renown places as Hotclub and OndaJazz in Lisbon, Jimmy Glass and OreJazz clubs in Valencia, Jamburee and Casa Terrassa in Barcelona. In spring 2007 she will be releasing her recording with a special guest Jaleel Shaw ( member of Roy Haynes band and Mingus Big Band).