Alexander Cummings

"I instantly fell in love with the Big Bell Stone Series Alto A5-B because of its beautiful sound, great mechanism, key action, intonation, and projection. I also highly recommend its "Fat Neck" feature. The neck itself adds a whole new timbre to the quality of sound that is unmatched by many other saxophones. I can tell there is a lot of work and intricacy that is put into these horns and it definitely shows. These instruments are real examples for the future of saxophone production." ~ Alexander Cummings



Bio

Alexander Cummings, a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and teacher; is a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. During his stay at Oberlin, he was under the mentorship of Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Paul Samuels, Robin Eubanks, Wendall Logan, and other musical legends at his institution. Alex's musical influences are grounded from his neighborhood schools and local churches in his hometown, Camden, New Jersey, under the instruction of Camden community heroes, Jamal Dickerson, Nasir Dickerson and Hassan Sabree. From the age of 14 Alex has played in his award winning high school bands touring around the United States winning outstanding soloist awards at the N.J.I.A.J.E. State Finals Jazz Festival in 2008-09, Berklee College High School Jazz Festival Judge's Choice Soloist award in 2009, and the Maestro Award at the Washington D.C. Inaugural Music Festival in 2009.

During the summer vacations from college, Mr. Cummings has participated as volunteer and counselor at the Solebury Jazz Academy, Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute and his very own Creative and Performing Arts High School in Camden. Alex has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Geri Allen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bootsie Barnes, Rufus Reid, and more. While at Oberlin, Alex has toured with many of his colleagues from Oberlin around the United States and China. This summer in 2013 Alex is scheduled to record with Robin Eubanks and Miguel Zenon with the Terence Hsieh Collective with goals to build more bridges between the Jazz scene of New York City and Beijing, China.



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