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Alexa Tarantino is a saxophonist, woodwind player, teaching artist, traveler, blogger, and consultant based in New York City.

Alexa Tarantino is a saxophonist, woodwind player, teaching artist, traveler, blogger, and consultant based in New York City.

"[Alexa is] a one-woman wrecking crew, [...] an indomitable force for expression, education, and for absolute excellence."

Wynton Marsalis

“[Alexa] has gained a well-deserved reputation for humility and dedication to service, exhibiting a refreshingly selfless approach to her life as an artist.”

Paul Rauch, All About Jazz

"Tarantino adds a touch of color and intrigue that keeps the listener attached… [she] plays with an edge of originality."

Paul Rauch, All About Jazz

“[Tarantino is] a composer of sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straightahead jazz and [has a] lovely, ardent way of improvising.”

Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

"[Alexa] lights up rooms when she solos."

Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

Thank you to JazzTimes Magazine for recognizing Alexa as one of the "Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019"!
Thank you to Downbeat Magazine for Alexa's "Rising Star" Nomination in Downbeat's 2020 Critics Poll!
"Tarantino's forthcoming debut album, 'Winds of Change,' announces this young alto saxophonist as a composer of sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [...] an announcement of her lovely, ardent way of improvising."

The New York Times

“The Show concluded with a rip-roaring performance of Rhythm-a-ning with a carefully crafted alto saxophone solo by Alexa Tarantino."

Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz


Letter from Alexa: Spring 2020

Welcome to my website! I hope that you enjoy a glimpse into my world as a musician and educator.

Firstly, I would like to wish you and your families health and safety. This pandemic presents an unprecedented shift in lifestyle for artists worldwide as live performance continues to be cancelled into 2021. We dearly miss sharing our music with live audiences across the globe, but with creativity and technology, we have been able to bring our music into your homes.

Quarantine Concert Series // Pianist/Composer Steven Feifke and I have developed our “Quarantine Concert Series.” Every Sunday, we begin with a free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00PM followed by a Live-streamed Concert at 8:00PM EDT. We’ve performed our original music and celebrated the music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, The Great American Songbook, and beyond. 25% of all contributions have been donated to Arts Organizations helping musicians impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Thus far, we have been able to donate over $3,000 to organizations including the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jazz Foundation of America, and the Louis Armstrong Foundation. We also have allocated $3,000 to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement, including the Grassroots Law Project. To learn more about our concerts, visit www.crowdcast.io/stevenandalexa.

A Step Ahead Online Summer Jazz Camp // In addition, Steven Feifke and I are thrilled to have launched A Step Ahead Jazz! So many incredible summer jazz programs have had to cancel this summer, including my Rockport Jazz Workshop. We have created a completely online jazz program that you can join from the comfort of your own home: Summer Jazz Online. We are offering a Full Day, Afternoon, and Global Experience for students of all ages and abilities. We hope you’ll join us and our incredible Guest Artists! Please direct any questions to astepaheadjazz@gmail.com.

Thursday Evenings "The Well-Rounded Musician" Series // What are you doing Thursday night? Join me every Thursday at 9:00PM for my new series with Jazz at Lincoln Center called “The Well-Rounded Musician.” I will discuss topics ranging from practicing and performing, to marketing and life as a professional musician. This series is open to the public and free for all! You can join on Zoom or Facebook Live each week at the link above.

New Release! Clarity  // My next Alexa Tarantino Quartet album, Clarity, on Posi-Tone Records is here. I am thrilled to share it with you all! Clarity can be purchased through the official store here or streamed on your preferred music service. My first record as leader for Posi-Tone Records, Winds of Change, is still available for purchase and streaming. Please feel free to check out and subscribe to my latest videos which are released (almost) weekly on my YouTube channel.

New Travel Blog: Alexa Abroad // Finally, say hello to Alexa Abroad! Alexa Abroad is a travel blog I have been wanting to create for years now, although now is not necessarily the hottest time for travel, the quarantine gave me the down-time I needed to finally launch the blog. You’ll see the new “Travel” tab above and to the right. I’ll be sharing travel tips, favorite places and products, and what life is like as #thetravelingsaxophonist. I hope you enjoy this new addition to my little corner of the internet!

Thank you for visiting and for your continued support! A huge thank you to my sponsors: Vandoren, Yamaha, and BAM Cases. If you’d like to stay in the loop and receive my occasional updates, please subscribe to my mailing list  here.



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