BY NATHAN DUKE
The Eric Alexander Quartet—which is known for its tenor saxman namesake—will hold a jazz performance this weekend at Flushing Town Hall.
According to Hot House Magazine, Alexander is “a tenor saxophonist who can play at all tempos, in all registers and never without swinging mightily.”
On Feb. 23, the acclaimed improviser and his quartet will play alongside Harold Mabern, who is considered one of the greatest post-bop pianists and Alexander’s mentor, as well as bassist John Webber, who has appeared on a number of Alexander’s albums, and drummer Joe Farnworth.
Alexander first began playing tenor sax while he was in college. He studied with Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid and others, who continue to influence his work.
“The legacy left Bird [Charlie Parker] and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel—that’s the bread and butter of everything I do,” Alexander said.
Alexander has appeared on more than 60 albums as a leader, sideman, producer and composer. In 2004, he signed an exclusive contract with HighNote Records, an independent jazz label based in New York City. In the years since, he has amassed a discography of critically acclaimed albums, including Don’t Follow the Crowd and Friendly Fire, which features Vincent Herring. Alexander continues to tour the world and play to capacity audiences.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday at Flushing Town Hall, which is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
General admission is $16, while members and students get in for $10. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.