Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Some of the great alto players, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods and even a touch of Johnny Hodges can be discerned as he works to extend the parameters of the horn... - Dave Nathan, All Music Guide
Alto saxophonist Graham has performed with several of today’s top jazz artists including Rodney Whitaker, Jim Rotondi, Sam Yahel, Nnenna Freelon, Louis Smith, Diane Schuur, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Mark Levine, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Joe Magnarelli, Michael Wilner, Michael Weiss, Carl Allen, David Hazeltine, Aaron Goldberg, Wessell Anderson, and Dena Derose. He has performed at festivals and clubs in the United States, Europe and Japan and has appeared on several recordings. In addition to having arrangements performed by vocalists like Diane Schuur and John Boutte, he has also composed and arranged for small group, big band and studio orchestra. He has taught and lectured at the college level, including a “Jazz Performance Workshop” course at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he is pursuing his Doctorate in Jazz Studies. A resident of New York City for 10 years, Alex moved to Mackinac Island, Michigan after becoming the music director at Grand Hotel in 2001. Under his leadership, USA Today has praised Grand Hotel’s music as its best amenity. Graham’s previous CD on Origin Records, The Good Life, received significant national airplay and critical praise in 2006.
Mackinac Island, MI