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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!

Letter from Alexa: Summer 2020

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

I cannot believe that I returned home from a tour with Cecile McLorin Salvant on March 13th due to the pandemic, and here we are in August - that last tour feels like forever ago! I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. This pandemic presents an unprecedented shift in lifestyle for artists worldwide as live performance continues to be cancelled into 2021. I miss playing for all of you across the globe, but am grateful to be able to bring music into your homes. Here’s where you can catch me these next few months:

The Alexa Approach // I can’t wait to share this new educational initiative with you! I’m keeping things pretty top secret before we launch…but if you simply can’t wait to hear the news, be the first to know here.

*NEW* Online Store Products // Woohoo! I am excited to expand my online store with Alexa Tarantino merchandise - join Team Tarantino! Click here to explore the new posters, hats, and more. You’ll also find links to purchase and book private lessons and career consultations with me.

Quarantine Concert Series // Pianist/Composer Steven Feifke and I have been running our “Quarantine Concert Series” for over 20 weeks now. Every Sunday, we present a themed live-streamed Concert at 8:00PM EDT. We’ve performed our original music and celebrated the music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, The Beatles, and beyond. 25% of all contributions go to organizations that are important to us. So far, we have been able to donate over $3,000 to organizations including the New York Foundation for the ArtsThe Jazz Foundation of America, the Louis Armstrong Foundation, and the Jazz Coalition. We have also allocated $4,500 to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement, including the Grassroots Law Project. Save your spot for upcoming performances here.

After School Online // Steven Feifke and I are thrilled to have launched an online educational platform: A Step Ahead Jazz! We had a blast with our inaugural program, Summer Jazz Online, which featured guest artists Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and more. Now we’re back presenting weekly masterclasses through the month of October! Whether you’re a student, educator, aficionado, or enthusiast, join us to get back into the swing of things as the school year starts. Please direct any questions to astepaheadjazz@gmail.com.

New Release! Clarity  // The newest Alexa Tarantino Quartet album, Clarity, on Posi-Tone Records released on June 5th, 2020. 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.

Thank you for visiting and for your continued support! A huge thank you to my sponsors: VandorenYamaha, 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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