Alexa Tarantino Quartet in the Theater
May 20 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, andeducator. Alexa’s “high-octane [performance]” (Jazziz Magazine) and “sharply plotted but gracefullyunencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (The New York Times) establish her individual voicewhich shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Tarantino was recently named one of the“Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll and nominated as a “Rising Star – AltoSaxophone” by Downbeat Magazine’s 2021 and 2020 Critics’ Poll.
She has appeared with a wide variety of ensembles including the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Jazz at LincolnCenter Orchestra, Cecile McLorin Salvant Quintet and OGRESSE ensembles, Ulysses Owens Jr.’sGeneration Y and Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin JazzOrchestra, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and leads the Alexa Tarantino Quartet. Firefly, Alexa’s third recordfor Posi-Tone Records released April 2021, hitting #6 on the JazzWeek charts. Her previous album,Clarity, peaked at #9 on the JazzWeek charts and landed at #54 for JazzWeek’s Top 100 records of 2020.
Tarantino is currently on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs (High School JazzAcademy, Let Freedom Swing/Jazz for Young People) and represents the organization as a Clinician andEducator for various schools, festivals, and workshops. She holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies fromThe Juilliard School and Bachelor’s degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Music Education fromthe Eastman School of Music. Alexa is Founder and Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop in Rockport,Massachusetts and Co-Founder of A Step Ahead Jazz with pianist Steven Feifke. In February 2021, Alexalaunched her new virtual community-style jazz education platform, The Alexa Approach.
Alexa Tarantino is a Vandoren Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist.