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Eric Alexander


Since graduating from William Paterson College in 1990 - where he studied with such greats as Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid, and Joe Lovano - Eric Alexander has ascended quickly to the top tier of today's young jazz stars. In late 1990 Eric moved to Chicago and soon made his mark on the scene, ultimately catching the attention of organist Charles Earland. They began an ongoing relationship that is documented on numerous recordings.

In 1991 Eric placed second in the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition, vaulting himself into jazz's "Young Lions" category. In 1992 Eric moved to New York where he has been a regular performer at "The Blue Note," "The Village Vanguard," "Sweet Basil," "Small's," "TheJazz Standard," "The Iridium," and "Augie's" with such names as Cecil Payne, Charles Davis, Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, Larry Willis, Kenny Barron, Freddie Cole, Pat Martino, Cedar Walton, and Charles Earland. In the spring of 1992 Eric recorded his first album as a leader, "Straight Up," on the Delmark label. He has followed that debut with an impressive string of leader (4 Criss Cross, 1 Highnote, and 3 Delmark) and sideman recordings that make him one of the most often heard artists on WBGO FM 88.3 in the New York area.

Most recently, Eric recorded "Stone Blue" with legendary guitarist Pat Martino for Blue Note records and co-founded the exciting new sextet One For All, whose first release, "Too Soon To Tell" was received tremendously well and was voted one of 1997's top five albums by Jazz Time's Sid Gribetz.

Eric's busy touring schedule takes him around the world. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, and South America, with his own groups and in various sideman roles.
Eric Alexander