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Matthew Alec

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Bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Nominated as ‘Cleveland’s Best Horn Player’ by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music and jazz with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Banaszak and longtime Cleveland Jazz Orchestra trombonist and composer Chas Baker. He is also a two-time attendee of the highly exclusive Inside / Outside Retreat for professional saxophonists held at Wooten Woods just south of Nashville, Tennessee

Album

Cleveland Time

Label: Cleveland Time Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Give What You Take; Baby You Got Me; Cleveland Time; Never With You; Enigma Man; Blues for McCoy; Sunshine on Prospect.

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Blues for McCoy

Featuring the music of Matthew Alec
Duration: 6:30

From Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric's debut album 'Cleveland Time' on Cleveland Time Records.

Musician

Brian Woods

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Brian Woods is an African-American pianist, vocalist, producer, songwriter, actor, and author. Brian’s musical roots are based out of the gospel church in Akron, Ohio where he has performed for most of his life, but his musical accolades expand far beyond that. Serving as a radio DJ for 88.9 “The Edge,” he began to broaden his musical tastes. In college, he also ran security for the national entertainment acts that were brought in. It was there that Brian saw his future. On a fateful evening working detail for Blessed Union of Souls, Brian saw one man playing a piano and singing and watched as it transformed the entire atmosphere

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Article: History of Jazz

Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future

Read "Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future" reviewed by Matthew Alec


Cleveland, Ohio. Having lived here for my entire life, the word “city" does not quite describe what Cleveland truly is. There is of course a downtown urban area, one filled with noteworthy neoclassic architecture and an overall stately appearance that is often overlooked by those who live here. That said, most “Clevelanders" don't actually live within ...

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Alec: Cleveland Time

Read "Cleveland Time" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Tenor saxophonist Matthew Alec is on a mission--and it's all about furthering the jazz scene in his native Cleveland. This starts with his own music, of course, going back to his first band Winslow, a fixture in the Cleveland scene from 2005-2016, and now continuing with his current ensemble, the Soul Electric. Its first release, Cleveland ...

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Video

Never With You

Featuring the music of Matthew Alec
Duration: 6:25

Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric from the album Cleveland Time on Cleveland Time Records with Brian Woods (piano), Jared Lees (bass), Steven Forrest Sanders (guitar), Jeremiah 'The Franchise' Hawkins (percussion), Leon Henault (drums).
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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Alec

Read "Take Five with Matthew Alec" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Alec: Saxophonist, Executive Producer at Cleveland Time Records and bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric. Nominated as 'Cleveland's Best Horn Player' by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music ...


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