The Jazz Showcase In Chicago Will Host Eric Alexander Quartet
Feb. 12th – 15th
(8:00 pm, 10:00) – matinee 4:00 on Sunday
The Jazz Showcase
The Jazz Showcase in Dearborn Station presents New York based tenor titan Eric Alexander on Thursday, February 12th through Sunday, February 15th, 2009. Alexander has a big, warm sound that is easy on the ears and a musical depth that allows him to continue exploring harmonies while remaining firmly in the jazz idiom. Chicago South Side residents may remember his early work with organ groups, including Hammond B3 master Charles Earland who recorded a couple albums with Alexander, which were Alexander’s debut recordings.
Alexander’s first CD under his own name, Straight Up, was recorded for Chicago’s Delmark records in 1992. Since leaving the Windy City, Alexander has established himself as one of the premier jazz tenors of our time.
With 23 CD’s out under his own name and appearing as sideman on countless others, Eric Alexander has made his mark on the jazz world and documented his progress as a tenor master. He has a rich tone and an aggressive, driving style that grabs the listeners attention and doesn’t let go. One can hear the influence of Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean and George Coleman in his playing. At William Paterson College in New Jersey Eric advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others.
During the 1990s, after placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Alexander threw himself into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on the South Side of Chicago, made his recording debut in 1991 with Charles Earland, and cut his first album as leader in 1992. Seventeen recordings followed including his latest recording, a CD / DVD combo called Prime Time: In Concert.
In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with the New York-based independent jazz label, HighNote Records where he has amassed a considerable discography of critically-acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “Temple of Olympic Zeus” (HCD 7172), “The Battle” with Vincent Herring and Mike LeDonne (HCD 7137) and “It’s all in the Game” (HCD 7148) with Harold Mabern.
Eric continues to tour the world over to capacity audiences. Using NYC as his home base he can regularly be seen in the NY clubs including ongoing appearances at Smoke.
For more information, see www.ericalexanderjazz.com.
The Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605