Noted jazz saxophonist to perform with CMU faculty

Eric Alexander, saxophonist (see credit)

Jazz saxophonist Eric Alexander has a list of impressive guest recordings on more than 100 albums and has released more than 20 albums with himself as band leader.

Music at Mesa will present this prolific musician in a concert featuring the Colorado Mesa Faculty Jazz Quartet and student Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

“A direct descendant of competitive, no-nonsense tenor saxophone titans such as Sonny Stitt and George Coleman, Eric Alexander plays the horn with a decidedly assertive temperament and style. He possesses a truly unique voice within this illustrious bop-based jazz tradition and is widely regarded as one of the top saxophonists in the world,” said a news release from the university.

Alexander’s latest album, ” ‘Chim Chim Cheree’ with Harold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth and John Webber, focuses on the music recorded by Coltrane’s ‘classic quartet’ of the early and mid-1960s,” the release said.

A former JazzWeek Artist of the Year, Alexander tours colleges, universities and conservatories nationally and internationally with his own quartet and his sextet, One For All. He also often appears with other jazz greats.

Tickets to the Music at Mesa show cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and are available at the box office.

Call 248-1604 for information.


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