Roland Alexander

Tenor, soprano sax, piano. Roland Alexander had both formal training and widespread experience.

Born in Boston, Massachussets, on September 25, 1935, Alexander earned a bachelor's degree in music from Boston Conservatory and moved to New York City in 1958. Alexander worked with many jazz mainstays, including John Coltrane, Max RoachSonny Rollins and Roy Haynes. His style, though rooted in bop, expanded to freer, more experimental works in the '60s and '70s. The 1978 'Live at the Axis' with Malachi Thompson and Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre represents his most adventurous release as a leader.

Alexander passed away in Brooklyn on June 14, 2006.

Ron Wynn -All Music Guide