Known for his warm tone and robust, bop-informed lyricism, saxophonist Eric Alexander has carried the torch for straight-ahead modern jazz into the 21st century. Influenced by artists like Dexter Gordon and George Coleman, Alexander initially garnered attention playing in Chicago in the early '90s before moving to New York. He has received acclaim for his driving hard bop albums like 1999's Man with a Horn, 2006's It's All in the Game, and 2017's Song of No Regrets. He is a founding member of the all-star sextet One for All, and has played with a bevy of luminaries including Charles Earland, Harold Mabern, Cedar Walton, and many more. Born in 1968 in Galesburg, Illinois, Alexander grew up in Olympia, Washington the son of musically inclined parents who encouraged him to play piano. In elementary school, he picked up the clarinet and ...
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