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. Ariel has presented concerts throughout the US, South America, Europe and Asia. She 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.
In addition to her experience as a performer, Ariel is well-versed in Music Business and Arts Administration. In 2003, she founded a non-profit jazz education program in Bloomington, Indiana. She also served as Program Coordinator for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. In 2007, Ariel founded Rock Star Workshop (www.RockStarWorkshop.com), a mobile recording studio. Managing a staff of seven, she plans and books over 150 events a year, recruits and trains event coordinators and maintains a comprehensive internet marketing program.