NJ JAZZ SOCIAL: ALEX LAURENTI
Alex Laurenzi is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger from Mountain Lakes, NJ. He grew up in a musical home, where his mother and two sisters played classical piano, guitar, violin, and sang, but after beginning alto saxophone at the age of 9, he quickly found his way to jazz. Thanks to the advice of his school band teacher Joao Goncalves, Alex started studying privately with Jim Saltzman at age 10, with whom he would study saxophone and composition until graduating from high school.
At 20 years old, Alex has performed with major artists, including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Archie Shepp, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Walter Smith III, Danilo Perez, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Andra Day, David Sanborn, Wycliffe Gordon, Jose James, Al Jarreau, Sheila E. and many more. He was a member of the Jazz House Kids program for six years and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Program for three years, working with teachers such as Mike Lee, Bruce Williams, Oscar Perez, Ted Chubb, Julius Tolentino, Radam Schwartz, Michelle Rosewoman, and Jeremy Manasia. A current student of African-American history at Princeton University, Alex is an active member of the Jazz Program. He is in the Creative Large Ensemble led by Darcy James Argue, Small Group 1 led by Rudresh Mahanthappa, and studies privately with Ralph Bowen.