Alexandra began classical training on the piano at the age of 6. She received a B.A. degree in liberal arts (Plan II) from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to study music as a graduate student at North Texas State University in Denton. She began her career as a professional musician in South Lake Tahoe leading a trio in a weekly after-hours session where casino showroom players would come to sit in.
Since that time Ms. Caselli played in a wide variety of situations in the Reno-Tahoe area ranging from solo piano bar to Top-40 groups and big bands. She played piano with the Tahoe Mini-Philharmonic Orchestra at Caesar’s featuring 2 pianos on Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals”. As part of the John Carlton Orchestra she backed up name artists in the Harrah’s Reno showroom including Rich Little, Bobby Vinton, Charo and Debbie Reynolds. Alexandra was synthesizer player for the Reno-Hilton revue “Branded” and pianist for the Harrah’s Tahoe Ice Show featuring Scott Hamilton and “Tai and Randy.” She also played in the major casinos as part of a duo performing all types of music- it was during that time she started singing background vocals and developed sequencing skills on the computer.
Alexandra has been successfully freelancing in the Los Angeles area since 1991. As a member of bass player/KTLA traffic reporter Jennifer York’s jazz quartet for 12 years, she played in numerous festivals including the Long Beach, Catalina, Hyatt Newporter and Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festivals
“She’s an absolutely marvelous pianist, and if there’s any justice in this world we’ll be hearing much more from her.... I won’t even try to explain what makes Caselli so special, but I believe I know an exemplary player when I hear one, and I’ve heard one here.”
“Pianist Caselli, classically trained, who also writes some of the band’s original music, is a delight at the piano, creating moods with her mellow ballad stylings, setting the pace with bop, or for whatever is the call of the moment.”
—Bob Agnew, L.A. Jazz Scene
“Caselli’s piano backing was exquisite..