Eric Alexander Quartet
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Eric Alexander Quartet
Post-Bop Explorations

Eric Alexander Quartet

w/ Eric ReEd

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 22
Joe Henderson Lab

Please note: Due to health reasons Eric Reed is replacing Harold Mabern for this show.

“A constant source of melodic and harmonic surprises, with his commanding tone and muscular technique” (The Guardian), Eric Alexander is a gifted soloist and composer inspired by Dexter Gordon and George Coleman. Guest pianist Eric Reed joins him and his quartet for this date. A student of piano great and frequent collaborator Harold Mabern at New Jersey’s William Patterson College, Alexander worked with Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson and Charles Earland early in his career and placed second at the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition just behind Joshua Redman.

A restless bandleader and collaborator, Alexander is a founding member of the Art Blakey-inspired sextet One For All, recording well over a dozen albums with the all-star band while maintaining a breakneck pace with his own recording career, helming over 40 dates, many of which feature his quartet partners, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

The Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-raised Reed first gained attention as sideman with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and in particular Wynton Marsalis, eventually recording more than a dozen albums with the trumpeter while stepping out as a superlative bandleader. Beyond his impressive catalog as a composer, Reed has become one of the foremost interpreters of Thelonious Monk’s music, devoting four releases to his timeless classics.

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A restless bandleader and collaborator, Alexander is a founding member of the Art Blakey-inspired sextet One For All, recording well over a dozen albums with the all-star band.

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A deft pianist with a graceful touch, his solos are scattered with references.

New York City Jazz Record on eric Reed

A deft pianist with a graceful touch, his solos are scattered with references.

New York City Jazz Record on eric Reed

Personnel

Eric Alexander tenor saxophone
Eric Reed piano
Michael Zisman bass
Peppe Merolla drums

His dark, solid tone sound and phrasing, and the freshness of the solo lines in fast songs or ballads, are their own rewards.

The New York Times on Eric Alexander

Personnel

Eric Alexander tenor saxophone
Eric Reed piano
Michael Zisman bass
Peppe Merolla drums

His dark, solid tone sound and phrasing, and the freshness of the solo lines in fast songs or ballads, are their own rewards.

The New York Times on Eric Alexander

Watch & Listen

Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

Second Impression

Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

Everything Happens to Me

Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

Second Impression

Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

Everything Happens to Me