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Alexander, John

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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Instrument: Saxophone
  • E-Mail: thewiz4@earthlink.net
  • Web Site: Here
  • Location: Gastonia, NC

Woodwind artist John Alexander, a native of Gastonia, NC, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Erskine College, and his Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami (FL).   His military service includes tours of duty with the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, SC, and the 8th Army Band in Seoul, South Korea.

John has performed with Ira Sullivan, Louis Bellson, Curtis Fuller, Gap Mangione, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Jack Jones, Woody Herman, Eddie Higgins, Astrud Gilberto, The Spinners, The Four Tops, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, and Lou Rawls.  He has appeared at the North Carolina Jazz Showcase on two occasions, the Mammoth (CA) Jazz Festival with vocalist Beth Chorneau, the 2000 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the 2002 Pawley’s Island Festival of Music and Art, as the season opener for the Gastonia Community Concerts Association, Jazz Charlotte, the Charlotte Symphony, in Okinawa, Japan, and in Gotha, Germany.  He is the recipient of two Regional Artist Grants from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, NC, one on 2000 and the other in 2006.  He has been a contributor of transcriptions and articles to Jazz Improv magazine since 2004.

 

John’s recording credits include contributing his original composition “Stargazer” to drummer Les Demerle’s On Fire recording for Pablo Records; the title tune for the south Florida big band Atlantean Driftwood’s Melts In Your Mouth recording; compositions, arrangements, and performance on Ira Sullivan: With Strings Attached; Atlantic Blue for Earth Songs; Out Of Nowhere by vocalist Toshiko Watabe; and Brothers with pianist Gary Marcus; You Need ‘Dis, released in December of 2001 and including all original compositions; and Debt To Heaven, including jazz arrangements of traditional hymns.  His latest release, Big Octave with the bassist Ron Brendle and drummer Chris Garges is an adventurous collection of original compositions, jam tunes, and works by Ornette Coleman and the Beatles.

John and his family make their home in Gastonia, NC.

 

 

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