6:30pm - 10:30pm
Jazz House
Come on June 27th for MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL’s SOUNDCHECK SERIES featuring Eric Alexander Quartet and our opening act, the JAZZ HOUSE Ambassadors directed by Elizabeth Alexander!
Part of the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, the Soundcheck Series features performances of some of our favorite regional artists. The events held in the JAZZ HOUSE in Montclair are followed by an open jam session where all musicians are welcome. Bring your instruments and come check it out!
Cash Bar now available and cool festival merch is on sale!
6:30 PM | Doors open
7:00 PM | Opening band: JAZZ HOUSE Ambassadors directed by Elizabeth Alexander
7:30 pm | Featured band: Eric Alexander Quartet, followed by an open jam session until 10:30 PM. Bring your instrument!
JAZZ HOUSE Annex, 2nd floor of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS | Main entrance is through the rear parking lot on North Willow near Bloomfield Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 pm with an opening act at
7:00, main act at 7:30 pm, followed by an open jam until 10:30 pm.
$20 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 JAZZ HOUSE students
About Eric Alexander:
Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. “The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today,” says Alexander. “Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson–the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that’s the bread and butter of everything I do. George Coleman remains a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach, and I’m still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-Sixties solos I can find these little kernels of melodic information and find ways to employ them in my own playing.”
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 “Chicago Fire” HCD 7262, “The Real Thing” with Pat Martino HCD 7278 and “Second Impression” HCD 7296. Eric’s most recent HighNote release, “Song of No Regrets,”(HCD 7311) was featured in Downbeat’s “Hot Box”. He is currently working on a new recording project which will see commercial release in mid-2019.
Eric continues to tour the world over to capacity audiences. Using NYC as his home base he can regularly be seen in the city’s most prestigious jazz clubs.