Alex leads People’s Champs, a seven-piece band mixing experimental rock with African and Latin beats. People’s Champs have performed all over NYC both at underground parties in Brooklyn as well as at The MoMA and The Guggenheim. Look out for People’s Champs first full-length record debuting in 2014.
Alex also co-leads The Superpower Horns, the recording studio horn section of pop star Beyoncé Knowles. They wrote and arranged the horns lines on Grammy-award winning songs from Beyoncé’s 2011 album ’4′ as well as her 2013 release ‘Beyoncé’.
Alex and The Superpower Horns are also a house horn section for legendary Roc-a-Fella Records, and have collaborated with many of Hip Hop’s finest, including Curren$y, Jean Grae, Mos Def, Devin the Dude and notable producer Ski Beatz.
Alex performs regularly with many groups around New York and beyond including John Brown’s Body (Reggae), Super Hi Fi (Dub Rock), Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra (Indie Rock/Salsa), M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (Colombian Roots Funk), Orquesta Dee Jay (Classic Salsa), Glaz Road (Breton Folk/Jazz), Meta and the Cornerstones (African Reggae), Slavic Soul Party! (Balkan Brass), and many others.
From 2005-2009, Alex was a member of The Superpowers, a cutting-edge group mixing jazz with Afrobeat. They won the 2007 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll and the 2006 Boston Music Awards for Best World Music Act, recorded two albums, toured extensively and collaborated with Rudy and Claude Gomis of the legendary Senegalese group Orchestre Baobab.
Alex has toured throughout the United States and Europe, performing in Germany, France, the UK, The Netherlands, including the North Sea Jazz Festival; and the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland. He has also 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.
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) and has done so since 2008. He’s taught at numerous other private 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 has worked as a teaching artist in both public schools and prisons throughout New York City through Carnegie Hall and The Arts Connection.