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Alex began playing the alto saxophone when he was twelve years old. At the age of fifteen, he began performing with The John Payne Saxophone Choir through his first teacher, Duncan Martin, at the Tam O'Shanter in Harvard square Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alex went on to study music at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and in 1995, Alex relocated to San Francisco and began performing with local groups like One Nation Underground, The Unknown Giants, and The Dutch Falcone Orchestra.

During this time Alex studied with Roberto DeHaven, minister and musician for the Saint John's Orthodox church, also known as the John Coltrane church. In 1996, Alex took the first alto chair in the Glen Spearman/Marco Ineidi Creative Music Orchestra and recorded with such luminaries as Wadada Leo Smith, Bertram Turetsky, and Jackson Krall. At this time, Alex began doubling on tenor saxophone and formed his first quartet under his own name. This group included DeHaven on saxophones, Ben Pfeuffer on bass and Paul Spina on drums. In 1997 the group recorded its first album, Make Your Own Lightning.


Most Don't Have Enough

Label: ears&eyes Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Leonard Nimoy Method; Your Dark Shadow Arrives at the Door; Homage to Elijah Cummings; Thread Your Grandmother's Needles; Really Ok; Thumbelina; Organized Religion; Humpty Dumpty; Akira; Sun and Moon.


Article: Album Review

Alex Weiss: Most Don't Have Enough

Read "Most Don't Have Enough" reviewed by Robert Middleton

This album is really special. It doesn't sound like anything else and every song is engaging and interesting. The titles of the songs are also fascinating. Even the collage cover is great and seems to reflect the music. Tenor saxophonist Alex Weiss started writing Most Don't Have Enough during the pandemic and went deep ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

East Axis, Sebastiano Dessanay, Christoph Irniger & Andrew Cyrille

Read "East Axis, Sebastiano Dessanay, Christoph Irniger & Andrew Cyrille" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode gets down to the bass-ics. I've loaded up this show with tracks that feature some terrific bassists, like Kevin Ray with East Axis and 10-32 K, Italy's Sebastiano Dessanay, Billy Mohler, Joel Grip with Ouat, John Edwards from England, Argentina's Maximiliano Kirszner, and of course, William Parker. There are more. Also on the bill, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Diego Rivera, Matt Greenwood, Nicholas Brust, And More!

Read "New Releases From Diego Rivera, Matt Greenwood, Nicholas Brust, And More!" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show variety is the name of the game with a selection of new releases from Matt Greenwood, Nicholas Brust, Astroturf Noise—Sam Day Harmet, Sana Nagano & Zachary Swanson, The Necks, Falkner Evans, Alex Weiss, Tomer Cohen, and Diego Rivera.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Matt Greenwood “Dehyah" from Atlas (Self Released) 00:43 Nicholas Brust ...


News: Recording

Saxophonist/Composer Alex Weiss Exhibits His Surrealist Jazz Conception On 'Most Don't Have Enough,' Due Feb. 24 From Ears&Eyes Records

Saxophonist/Composer Alex Weiss Exhibits His Surrealist Jazz Conception On 'Most Don't Have Enough,' Due Feb. 24 From Ears&Eyes Records

Alex Weiss’s idiosyncratic vision of post-bop jazz finds a new apex with the tenor saxophonist-composer’s February 24 release of Most Don’t Have Enough (ears&eyes). Weiss’s third album as a leader is also his first with Glad Irys,hisworking quintet since 2019 comprising soprano saxophonist Dan Blake, guitarist Yana Davydova, bassist Dmitry Ishenko, and drummer Ches Smith, with ...

Article: Album Review

Outhead: Send this Sound to the King

Read "Send this Sound to the King" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un ensemble senz'altro effervescente, vitale, questo quartetto con doppio sax attivo nella Bay Area di San Francisco le cui voci-guida sono Alex Weiss e Charlie Gurke, che oltre tutto si dividono equamente la paternità dei brani presenti nel disco: tre a testa (il settimo, “A Made Truth," peraltro il più debole del lotto, si deve al ...


Outhead- Send This Sound To The King

Label: Chahatatadra music
Released: 2014


Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis

Label: OutNow Recordings
Released: 2014
Track listing: Whale; Your Last Affront; $ Mrdan; filler; Control Avalanche; GlacierS/Into wonderful; Get Carter Theme; Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis; Angel of Death.


Article: Album Review

Alex Weiss: Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis

Read "Fighter Planes & Praying Mantis" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Saxophonist Alex Ward's musical journey so far reflects his restful musical personality. He studied music in Boston, then relocated to San Francisco where he studied with Roberto DeHaven, the minister and musician of Saint John's Orthodox Church, better known as the John Coltrane Church. In the Bay Area he collaborated with innovative improvisers as saxophonist Glenn ...


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