Alexa Tarantino - MOCA Westport
Alexa Tarantino - 5/28/21

The Alexa Tarantino Quartet

Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Spotlight

Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Her performance at MoCA Westport in 2020 was a highlight of the summer season and we are thrilled to have her back for an encore performance.

“[Alexa is] a one-woman wrecking crew, […] an indomitable force for expression, education, and absolute excellence.” – Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artist Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Her performance at MoCA Westport in 2020 was a highlight of the summer season and we are thrilled to have her back for an encore performance.

Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Tarantino was named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll and nominated as a “Rising Star – Alto Saxophone” by Downbeat Magazine’s 2020 Critics’ Poll.

Tarantino is currently on faculty for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs (High School Jazz Academy, Let Freedom Swing/Jazz for Young People) and represents the organization as a Clinician and Educator for various schools, festivals, and workshops. She holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School and Bachelor’s degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the 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.

Alexa Tarantino is a Vandoren Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist.

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