“A careful, lucid improviser, Graham references, with erudition and panache, vocabulary and tonal connotations from Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett and Donald Harrison, among others.”
–Ted Panken, Downbeat Magazine, May, 2009
Alto saxophonist Alex Graham has performed with a variety of artists including Diane Schuur, The Four Tops, Nnenna Freelon, The Temptations, Michael Weiss, Aaron Goldberg, Mark Levine, The O’ Jays, Wessell Anderson, Jim Rotondi, Rodney Whitaker, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, Joe Magnarelli, Sam Yahel, Louis Smith and Dena Derose. After living in New York City for ten years, Graham returned to his native Michigan to become the music director at Grand Hotel in 2001. His groups have performed at festivals and clubs all over the United States and have opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra and John Pizzarelli, among others. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies to compose original music, and has composed and arranged for small group, big band and studio orchestra. He currently directs the Mackinac Jazz Initiative on Mackinac Island, MI where he has been teaching jazz studies to selected university students every summer since 2008.
His latest CD on Origin Records, Brand New, was ranked in the top 50 nationally for airplay, and his recent 1-hour podcast interview/feature with Detroit Jazz Stage (http://www.jazzstage.us /) was downloaded over 10,000 times making it one of their most popular features.
Dr. Graham is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and completed his doctorate in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2009.