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Alex Jenkins

Due to his in-depth study of the music of different cultures, Alex’s playing transcends musical traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is heavily influenced by his study of Tabla. As a result, he has become known for his creative approach to music and his unique ability to fuse rhythmic ideas from various disciplines, into one cohesive sound.

Alex has studied Music, Drums and Percussion at CSUS Sacramento, The Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in San Rafael and Drummers Collective in New York. In Addition, He performs and records regularly, around California and beyond, playing a variety of music (on both Drum set and Tabla) including, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Rock, Blues, Fusion, Indian Classical and just about everything in between. Alex leads his own group called "The Alex Jenkins Quartet" which continues to keep a very busy performing and touring schedule, playing more than 100 shows a year.

Currently, Alex teaches percussion at Skip’s Music, Sacramento, William Land Elementary School and at Howe Ave Elementary. In addition, he keeps a busy teaching and clinic schedule which include workshops and clinics for various schools such as CSUS, American River College, Cosumnes River College, California College of the Arts in Oakland, UC Merced, Wood Creek High School, Orange Open Middle School, Citrus Heights Elementary, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, The Drum Lab, Davis Waldorf School, Whitney Elementary and various music stores around California.

Alex Endorses and plays, Aquarian Drum Heads


Album Review

Alex Jenkins Trio: Tri-Cycle

Read "Tri-Cycle" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Alex Jenkins Trio, out of Sacramento, California, has a forthright, muscular sound. Sax, bass and drums--things boiled down to the essentials. Tri-Cycle, Jenkins' second trio recording presents music in an uncluttered style, opens the show with the cool pop and bubble of Jenkin's original, “Scarlet Lullaby." Jenkins drumming style--on a drum kit here, but, much influenced by his studies of the tabla--is busy and unsubtle on this tune in the best possible way-- no whispering brushes or ...

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Take Five with Alex Jenkins

Read "Take Five with Alex Jenkins" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Alex Jenkins Alex Jenkins has always been a student of the world, especially its music. Well versed in music styles eastern and western, traditional and contemporary, Alex's sound transcends both traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is most heavily influenced by his study of the tabla, a North Indian classical percussion instrument. This has helped him develop a uniquely creative approach to music and an innate ability to fuse rhythmic styles from various disciplines into one cohesive sound. ...

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Sacramento-Based Drummer Alex Jenkins Releases 'Tri-Cycle' with Levi Saelua and Alex Reiff

Sacramento-Based Drummer Alex Jenkins Releases 'Tri-Cycle' with Levi Saelua and Alex Reiff

Source: Alex Jenkins

Tri-Cycle is Alex Jenkins’ second trio album and features two of Sacramento’s most talented Jazz musicians; Levi Saelue on tenor saxophone/clarinet and Alex Reiff on the upright bass. The new album features seven original songs and two reworks; Led Zeppelin’s “No Quartet” and Dewey Redman’s “Joie De Vivre”. The opening track, “Scarlet Lullaby”, is an original composition by Jenkins and opens with an Afro-Cuban 12/8 feel in 7/4. With a haunting yet beautiful melody, this piece displays a trademark of ...



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


11th Ave Music


Alex Jenkins Trio...

11th Ave Music


Alex Jenkins Trio...

11th Ave Music


The Path

bandcamp / prescott recording


Scarlet Lullaby

From: Tri-Cycle
By Alex Jenkins


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