Eric Alexander

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson—the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that's the bread and butter of everything I do. George Coleman remains a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach, and I'm still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-Sixties solos I can find these little kernels of melodic information and find ways to employ them in my own playing.”

During the 1990s, after placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Alexander threw himself into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on the South Side of Chicago, made his recording debut in 1991 with Charles Earland on Muse Records, and cut his first album as leader in 1992 (Straight Up for Delmark). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone and others, leading to 1997's Man with a Horn; the 1998 collaborative quartet session with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad, Solid!; and, that same year, the first recording by One For All, Alexander's ongoing band with Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Washington, and Dave Hazeltine.

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October 25, 2011

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Saxophonist Eric Alexander performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe in September

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A Dogged Performance by a True Pro

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Eric Alexander "Don't Follow the Crowd"

February 04, 2011

Eric Alexander at Chris' Jazz Cafe, on February 11 & 12, 2011

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Eric Alexander at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Chris’ Jazz...

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The Jazz Session #129: Eric Alexander

November 22, 2009

Pat Martino Quartet, featuring saxophonist, Eric Alexander @ Chris'...

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Jackie Ryan Set to Release "Doozy" Featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Eric...

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Eric Alexander at Jazz Alley, May 12-13

April 21, 2009

Generations Band, Featuring Jimmy Cobb and Eric Alexander, Returns to...

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NY's Nial Djuliarso Quartet in San Francisco; to Jam with Eric...

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The 2008-09 JazzErie Season Brings Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Pete...

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Jimmy Cobb, Eric Alexander and Generations Band at Yoshi's San...

April 25, 2008

CD/DVD: Eric Alexander

February 20, 2008

Previously Unissued Live Performances by Pianists Mary Lou Williams &...

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Discography

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Giant Step Arts
2019

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Song of No Regrets

Song of No Regrets

HighNote Records
2017

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Second Impression

Second Impression

HighNote Records
2016

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The Real Thing

The Real Thing

HighNote Records
2015

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Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire

HighNote Records
2014

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Touching

Touching

HighNote Records
2013

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