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January 27, 2014
The two sax sensation
Monday, January 27
In a career that spans fifteen years and three albums, saxophonist Ric Alexander has established himself as one of the most innovative figures in contemporary music. Ric is an experienced saxophonist, songwriter and producer known for playing two saxophones simultaneously.
Ric has shared the stage with various well known artists such as Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Wayman Tisdale, Will Downing, Confunkshun, Lenny Williams, Regina Belle, The Clark Sisters, The Winans, Rance Allen, Shirley Ceasar, Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Ledisi, Goapele, Tony Toni Ton’e, Jody Watley, Sheila E., Larry Graham, Raphael Saadiq, New Edition, Smokie Norful, Bobby Caldwell, and the list goes on.
"Ric is a phenominal sax player who more than deserves more attention from the industry and I hope the world gets to know what we already know here in the Bay Area!" --Miranda Wilson, Smooth Jazz Network
"Congratulations, let’s hear it for Ric Alexander, the grand prize winner of the inaugural Dave Koz Cruise Star Search Competition and our very first Smooth Jazz Idol." --Dave Koz
His latest self-titled release, Ric Alexander, was released with each of the eleven tracks focusing on collaborating with longtime friend and Grammy nominated producer/guitarist Levi Seacer to explore new directions and move towards the future with an open mind embracing the evolution of the music industry.
Ric is the founder/CEO of the online forum Prostate Cancer Online.org, which was created to promote and educate communities about prostate cancer screening, research and development, and discuss topics for cancer solutions, and he is the president of his own production company called Jazzy Jamz Productions. He recently won the 2013 “Best Male Jazz Artist” award from The Bay Area Music Association of America, and also took top honors in the inaugural Dave Koz Cruise Idol contest. Last December, Ric recently performed six sold out shows at Yoshi’s - Oakland with Tony Toni Ton’e that included a special surprise guest appearance by Raphael Saadiq. Ric was specially invited to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival with Jody Watley in New Orleans, and opened for Bobby Caldwell at the Sundays in the Redwoods Concert Series.