Since turning professional in 1998, Alexander has been one of the most
enigmatic and innovative improvising pianists working on the British
jazz and gospel scenes. With mentors having included artists as diverse
as Robert Mitchell and John Taylor, his piano work has covered a huge
range of touchstones across the jazz, contemporary and world music
spectrums. Alexander’s repertoire features improvisations on and
interpretations of hymns, gospel songs, African-American spirituals,
Bach chorales, sacred music from world music traditions – and more,
including his own music.
Over the past 15 years he has worked with some quite outstanding
musicians - including several who have now become serious recording
artists in their own right - Clark Tracey, Orlando Le Fleming, Jeremy
Brown, Winston Clifford, Robert Fordjour, MOBO Award-winners Adam
Waldmann and Nathaniel Facey, Arun Ghosh, Brigitte Beraha and several
more. His solo jazz piano concert at the 2007 Manchester Jazz Festival was described as a 'masterclass' (Jazzwise).
In 2011 he received the Jazz Factor Artist Development Award
specifically for his solo piano work in sacred jazz, and as part of that
he undertook his first-ever solo piano tour of the UK playing churches,
cathedrals and other venues in England, Wales and Scotland (including
the 2011 Glasgow Jazz Festival). In December 2012 he was commissioned to
write a solo jazz piano suite for Spark and Echo Arts in New York.
Having taken a two-year sabbatical from jazz piano in order to focus on
other interests, in 2015 he is returning to solo and trio playing, with
larger ensembles to follow.