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Dr. Ariel Alexander has gained recognition as a Los Angeles jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator. Originally from St Louis, Ariel earned her B.A. at Indiana University and her M.A and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. She is an adjunct faculty member at Chaffey College and Los Angeles Southwest College, where she teaches History of Rock, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, and intermediate and studio piano.
Ariel participated in the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Ensemble, the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency, and the Steans Young Artist Program.
Ariel recently performed and arranged for the "We Love Ella" tribute on PBS on which she performed with Take 6, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard, James Moody, Jon Faddis, and Monica Mancini. Ariel also arranged for and plays on Steve Miller's (Steve Miller Band) forthcoming CD to be released on Capitol Records.
Besides performance, Ariel is active in jazz pedagogy. In 2003 she formed the Musical Arts Youth Center's Jazz Combo Program. She also served as the Program Coordinator for Los Angeles branch of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and worked on the staffs of the Indianhead Arts Center and Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops. She has also been a clinician and judge at a number of schools and jazz festivals.
In addition to being a musician, Ariel owns Rock Star CD Recording Workshop (www.rockstarworkshop.net), a mobile recording studio for kids and teens. Rock Star Workshop travels to over 200 events a year.
January 19th, 2010