Aaron Alexander biography

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. Alexander studied in Seattle at Cornish College of the Arts, with Jerry Granelli, Obo Addy, Julian Priester, Jay Clayton, James Knapp.  He moved to New York in 1993.

Alexander can be heard on many dozens of CDs, and has performed extensively in the North and South America and in Europe. He leads his own groups in concerts, clubs, at weddings and parties, and has created venues to present music, including the renowned New York Klezmer Series.  Alexander has recorded and performed with his own groups – The Klez Messengers, Midrash Mish Mosh,  Aaron Alexander Sextet, Alexander’s Raggedytime Band,  and others.  He released a duo recording with legendary trombonist, Julian Priester. He’s been a valuable member of collective ensembles such as Babkas, Klezmerfest, Timebone, The Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective, Freeplay, Hasidic New Wave and others – all of which have recorded his original 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 well-known jazz artists such as Mose Allison, Julian Priester, Charlie Byrd,  Carla Bley & The Composers & Improvisors Orchestra, Myth Science, Satoko Fujii Orchestra West, and many others.  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  Workmen’s Circle’s “Trip to Yiddishland“.

Alexander is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the New York Klezmer Series since 2010.

Alexander is now lauded for his ability to put together and lead the best Jewish Wedding and party bands for any occasion, having learned for decades from the best in the business.