Alex is the bandleader and primary songwriter for polyrhythmic indie-soul band People’s Champs, which has performed at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, The MoMA, The Guggenheim and toured throughout the USA. He also spearheads Los Cumpleaños, a genre-bending collaboration between musicians from Colombia, Argentina and the USA.
Alex co-leads The Superpower Horns, studio horn section for Beyoncé Knowles and touring horn section for Boy George & Culture Club, amongst others. The group wrote and arranged the horn lines on Grammy-award winning songs from Beyoncé’s 2011 album ’4′.
Alex was a U.S. Department of State-sponsored OneBeat Fellow in 2014, where he collaborated with 24 other emerging musical leaders from around the world to create original work and develop a global network of civically engaged music initiatives. Alex is also an Artist-in-Residence at the Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, CA, and was selected through and international nomination process as someone who has the potential to become a major voice in the next generation of creative thinkers.
Alex performs with many groups including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (Experimental Afro-Colombian), Porfi Baloa y Sus Adolocentes (Salsa), Slavic Soul Party! (Jazz/Balkan), Super Mambo (Latin), Super Hi Fi (Dub/Jazz), Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (Indie Latin), John Brown’s Body (Reggae), The Superpowers (Afrobeat/Jazz) and many others. He’s performed at traditional Irish jam sessions throughout Ireland, jammed with Roma brass musicians in rural Serbia and marched at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & Barranquilla, Colombia.
Alex holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies with a minor in Classical Trombone from Oberlin Conservatory of Music as well as a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College. In addition, he earned a M.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Music from New England Conservatory. He’s had the honor of studying with Robin Eubanks, Bob Brookmeyer, Andre Hayward, James DeSano, Laurie Frink, Norman Bolter, Charlie Banacos and Frank Carlberg.
An active educator, Alex teaches ensembles and lessons at the Lycée Français de New York (www.lfny.org). He’s taught at numerous other schools and also maintained a private lesson studio since 2006. He’s also taught masterclasses on jazz and trombone in both the USA and Europe. In addition, Alex teaches digital production & songwriting in public schools and prisons through Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Music School and The Arts Connection.