Born: May 27, 1973 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Alex started his musical career at age 3 while playing the piano and moved on to saxophone at 15, along the way he dabbled in trumpet, clarinet and flute. He realized that he could recognize many personalities from the saxophone, sweet and gentle to aggressive and bluesy. It can deepen your melancholy or lift you to a soothing plateau, which is indeed music of distinction.
Alex was taught early in life that dreams are made to be fulfilled, and at the tender age of 12, decided that he would be a recording artist one day. His early musical inspirations include Beethoven, Bach and David Foster, then graduated to David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Gerald Albright, Sonny Rollins and Cannonball Adderley.
His first release, an independently produced and self-titled album, Alex Walker, will leave an indelible stamp in the hearts of the listener. All original material combining intricate song structures with silky interpretations, this album takes aim at the heart of human existence with songs of love, loss, anticipation, fun and passion.
Right after the release of the album, he went through a painful separation, during which he took a break from his music career. Now he is back with even greater inspirations and desire to create beautiful music. He is preparing the second album and is planning to release it by the end of 2005 or the early 2006.
Alex has played at many jazz festivals including the Grenada Jazz Festival, with Eddie Bullen, in the British West Indies and with well-known greats such as Liberty Silver. This year (2005), he played both the saxophone and the piano at the Uptown Jazz Festival in Toronto.
He currently lives outside of Toronto, Ontario with his girlfriend, Yuki, two big loving dogs, and a cute little cat.