Detroit JazzStage Presents Saxophonist Alex Graham

Alex GrahamAlto Saxophonist, and Origin Records recording artist Alex Graham has performed with several of today’s top jazz artists including Wessell Anderson, Nnenna Freelon, Louis Smith, Diane Schuur, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Mark Levine, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Joe Magnarelli, Michael Weiss, Aaron Goldberg, Rodney Whitaker, Jim Rotundi, Sam Yahel and Dena Derose. He has performed at festivals and clubs in the United States, Europe and Japan and has appeared on several recordings.

In addition to writing arrangements for vocalists Diane Schuur and John Boutte, he has also composed and arranged for small group, big band and studio orchestra. He has taught and lectured at the college level, and is currently teaching “Jazz Performance Workshop” at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he is pursuing his Doctorate in Jazz Studies. A resident of New York City for 10 years, Alex moved to Mackinac Island, Michigan after becoming the music director at Grand Hotel in 2001. Under his leadership, USA Today has praised Grand Hotel’s music as its best amenity. His latest CD, The Good Life, received significant national airplay in 2006 and was designated “chartbound” by jazzweek.com.

Alex discusses his career, soon to be released CD “Brand New”, and his upcoming performance at Music Hall in Detroit, MI on February 1st, 2008 with hosts Jim Gallert and Rodney Reeves

For more information about Alex, go to http://www.alexander-graham.com

Music heard on this show
Explosion – from The Good Life.
Alex Graham – alto sax, Rick Roe – piano, Rodney Whitaker – bass, Joe Strasser – drums.

Rocket Science – from Brand New
Alex Graham – alto sax, Jim Rotondi – trumpet, Steve Davis – trombone, David Hazeltine – piano, Rodney Whitaker – bass, Carl Allen – drums

Pig Pig – from Brand New

The Mole People – from Countdown
Alex Graham – alto sax, Louis Smith – trumpet, Joe Magnarelli – trumpet, Rick Roe – piano, Rodney Whitaker – bass, Joe Farnsworth – drums.

More Or Less – from Hi-Fi
Alex Graham – alto sax, Whitney Ashe – piano, Gary Wang – bass, Matt Jorgensen – drums.

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information

This episode is sponsored by the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit, MI. For more information on the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts go to http://www.musichall.org/

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