Alexandre will be accompanied by Tim Norton on bass, Tadataka Unno on piano and Akihiro Sugimoto on alto saxophone.
Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator.
Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches ) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess ), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz ). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.
Just as Jackie McLean himself had—in such albums for Blue Note as Let Freedom Ring  and One Step Beyond —extrapolated upon both the lyricism and projection of a Charlie Parker or a Dexter Gordon and the angular modes and scales of John Coltrane, so has Jovan Alexandre revealed himself as a spiritual heir to McLean with authoritative and imaginative excursions into the free-flowing modernist colloquy pioneered by McLean.
Alexandre’s uniqueness, though, lies in his personal sound. He plays free of bombast, full of texture. His sound can variously seem molten and sharp-cornered within the same tune, sometimes practically within the same phrase. The melody lines are stately, whatever their tempo.
At Hartt, Alexandre’s primary mentor was Jackie McLean’s own son, tenor saxophonist René McLean. He also studied with other direct protégés of Jackie McLean, especially tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene and alto saxophonist Kris Allen, along with pianist and arranger Chris Casey, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. These instrumentalists are all key contributors to what some have called a “Hartford sound” grounded in Jackie McLean’s teachings and continuing influence, and especially his notions of historicity and the value of hand-to-hand transmission of jazz knowledge.
Even before graduating from Hartt, Alexandre had begun to earn a reputation as one of the most interesting of the new tenor saxophone soloists, through appearances with several top-name musicians such as Hank Jones, Dionne Warwick, Curtis Fuller, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Charles Tolliver, Randy Brecker, Antoine Roney, Benito Gonzalez, Shimrit Shoshan, and Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra.
• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB, ROMAN WOLFE
• Monday, Feb. 29. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO” (Rescheduled due to snow)
• Wednesday, Mar. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BEN ERICKSON, STEPHEN HLADUN
• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE
• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE
• Sunday, Mar. 6. FILM SCREENING & Q&A WITH SCREENWRITER DONALD MARGULIES (Co-presented with The Institute Library): “THE END OF THE TOUR”
• Monday, Mar. 7. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE” (Rescheduled from 2/15 due to snow)
• Wednesday, Mar. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: PAT STONE with AMANDA BELITTO
• Thursday, Mar. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT
• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER IS PRESTER JOHN
• Sunday, Mar. 13 FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Wednesday, Mar. 16. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE
• Friday, Oct. 18. ALT-COUNTRY: NO LINES NORTH
• Wednesday, Mar. 23. EXPERIMENTAL: THE FOREST ROOM, NICK Di MARIA: ZERO DOLLAR SOLO
• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT
• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL
• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES
• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD
• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL
• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI
• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE
• Friday, Apr. 15. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS
• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX
• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA
• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL
• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL