Drummer Aaron Alexander has been playing music for most of his 50 years. Originally schooled on violin from age 4-12, he began focusing on drums at age 10 and continues to make it a daily practice. He appears on many dozens of CDs, has performed extensively in the US and around the world, and leads his own groups in concerts, clubs, as well as at weddings and parties. Alexander has recorded and performed with his own groups – The Klez Messengers, Midrash Mish Mosh, Aaron Alexander Sextet and others. He’s been a valuable member of collective ensembles such as Babkas, Klezmerfest, The Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective, Freeplay and others – all of which recorded his compositions. He’s performed around the world with the biggest names in Klezmer and Yiddish Music, including The Klezmatics, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Alicia Svigals, Greg Wall’s Later Prophets, Hasidic New Wave, Margot Leverett, Theodore Bikel, Itzhak Perlman & the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Adrienne Cooper, Zalman Mlotek, Pete Sokolow, German Goldenshteyn and many others. He has performed with Mose Allison, Julian Priester, Charlie Byrd, Carla Bley & The Composers & Improvisors Orchestra, Myth Science, Satoko Fujii Orchestra West, and many other jazz notables. Alexander has taught drums and ensembles at Klez Kamp and Klez Kanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Fuerth Klezmer Festival, London Klezmer Festival and this year will teach at Workmen’s Circle’s “Trip to Yiddishland” (Aug.14-20, 2017).
Alexander is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the New York Klezmer Series since 2010.