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Eric Alexander

Eric Alexander started piano lessons at the age of six. He took up the clarinet at nine and switched to alto sax three years later. The tenor sax became his obsession at Indiana University Bloomington (1986-87). After transferring to William Paterson College in New Jersey he studied with Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others.

“The people I listened to in college are still the cats who are influencing me today,” Eric says. “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 is 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-60s solos—I can find these little kernels of melodic information and employ them in my own playing.”

In 1991 Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on Chicago’s South Side, made his recording debut with Charles Earland (Muse Records, 1991), and cut his first album as a leader, “Straight Up” (Delmark, 1991). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone. In 1997 he put out “Man with a Horn.” The following year saw the release of “Solid!”—a collaborative quartet session with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad—as well as the first recording by his sextet One for All.

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April 07, 2017

Eric Alexander shares many shades of bebop

December 05, 2012

Eric Alexander With The Jimmy Bruno Trio At Chris' Jazz Cafe On...

April 01, 2012

Pat Martino Quartet Featuring Eric Alexander @ Chris' Jazz Cafe On...

October 25, 2011

Nov 3 - Matt Jorgensen East/West Quartet with Eric Alexander and Harold...

August 30, 2011

Saxophonist Eric Alexander performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe in September

May 30, 2011

A Dogged Performance by a True Pro

May 12, 2011

Eric Alexander "Don't Follow the Crowd"

February 04, 2011

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

September 17, 2010

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

December 30, 2009

The Jazz Session #129: Eric Alexander

November 22, 2009

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

July 19, 2009

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

May 07, 2009

Eric Alexander at Jazz Alley, May 12-13

April 21, 2009

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

September 25, 2008

Saxophonsts Eric Alexander & Jim Snidero at Chris' Jazz Cafe on...

September 19, 2008

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

August 21, 2008

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

April 30, 2008

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

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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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

HighNote Records
2012

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