The infinite awareness that currently embodies Alexander Anderson the flesh known as Alexander Wayne Anderson arrived in Oceanside, California October 4th, 1993. Born to Jamaican parents who immigrated to New York in the mid 1980’s, Jamaican music and culture was the foundation of his musical development. Around the age of nine, a family friend introduced Alexander to the piano informally. By the time Alexander was in high school, he had began studying and recording demos with keyboards, synthesizers, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and acoustic/electronic drums. Heavily influenced by progressive rock bands, psychedelic rock bands and jazz-fusion groups from the late1960’s and 1970’s. By the time Alexander had graduated high school, he was beginning to write/produce his own compositions as well as recording all the instruments.
Soon after, he went to Grossmont College in San Diego, CA to study jazz performance, realizing after hearing Miles Davis’ recordings that jazz musicians could play what they heard, and that he needed to develop in the jazz language if he wanted to work as a professional musician. It was here that Alexander received his first formal musical training, and in two years studying here Alexander had established himself in the local music scene as a notable jazz musician. He was leading his own jazz trio, which had garnered residencies at a few local wine bars. Alexander held the chair in the Afro-Cuban ensemble, Fred Benedetti’s chamber group, Full Strength Funk band, and the highly esteemed Coronado Big Band. He also started meeting many of the other notable jazz musicians in the area at the jam sessions, such as Gilbert Castellanos, Charles McPherson, Daniel Jackson, and Peter Sprague. Soon, Alexander had formed his own group, Unidentified Fusion Orangement, and they were performing his compositions at a few venues in the Gaslamp Quarter, the entertainment district in San Diego.
Alexander was beginning to enjoy a bit of success as an artist, and after realizing that he could make a living as a musician, decided that he could not continue school unless he was strictly studying music. Around this time, members of his group Unidentified Fusion Orangement had started encouraging him to apply to Berklee College of Music, located in Boston, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. One of the members of the band had graduated from Berklee, and another had just been accepted on full scholarship, so Alexander was compelled to see what the school could offer him. Alexander was accepted to Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a composition scholarship, which would enable him to make the transition across the country from San Diego to Boston. Around this time, Alexander had met many bands and artists including: Yes, Dweezil Zappa, George Duke, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Hubert Laws, Marcus Gillmore, Ringo Starr, Peter Sprague. These encounters encouraged him to continue his musical education.
Just a few days after moving to Boston, Alexander was performing regularly at farmers markets, solo piano, as well as at the jam session at the jazz club Wally’s Cafe. There he met hundreds of young musicians from around the world, and began picking things up from tons of musicians. Soon after arriving at Berklee, Alexander held auditions and reformed Unidentified Fusion Orangement, and within one year finished composing and recording their debut album “Abducted”. In the past three years at Berklee College of music, Alexander has studied with Terri Lynne Carrington, Joanne Brackeen, Stephany Tiernan, Gregory Hopkins, Terrence Blanchard, Eric Gould, Kenny Werner, Dave Fiuzynski, and many others. Alexander has participated in clinics/lectures with jazz greats such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Benny Green, JoJo Mayer, Jason Moran, and Christian Scott. Alexander has also performed with Kenwood Dennard, Akikazu Nakamura, Esperanza Spalding, Tia Fuller, David Liebman, Leo Genovese, & the Trap Music Orchestra. Important developments of his Boston experience were attending all six of Herbie Hancok’s Norton Lectures at Harvard, where Alexander was met Herbie for the first time, seeing Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall, and seeing Chick Corea perform at the Blue Note, as well as solo piano, and in a duet with Herbie Hancock at Symphony Hall. Alexander also met Wayne Shorter at symphony hall for his 80th birthday celebration where he was performing with his quartet. Alexander has also seen performances by Paul McCartney, John Scofield, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Femi Kuti, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Joey Alexander and Jack DeJohnette recently while living in Boston, which have influenced him tremendously.
In 2015 Alexander went on his first tour as a leader promoting an EP titled “Portals”. The Alexander Anderston trio featuring Rodney Rocques and Will Lyle toured from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA performing nine concerts along the west coast. In July of 2015 Alexander led his group Unidentified Fusion Orangement on a cultural outreach program in Japan, where they performed over ten concerts in Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoyoa. They also conducted clinics and jam session at Tokyo School of Music, and Osaka School of Music with the organization Jikei-Com on behalf of Berklee College of Music (www.alexanderandersonmusic.com/japan). Alexander has just finished his studies at Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Composition with a 23 piece orchestra for his senior recital titled the "Liberty Band". Currently, Alexander continues his double-major program of jazz composition and piano performance at Berklee College of Music. Alexander Anderson has recently released his second album “Afrikan Amerikan”, and is currently working on the "Oceanside" album to be released in 2018.