Alec Harper

Tenor Sax

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Alec Harper is a jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. 

Alec currently performs in New York in a wide range of jazz and improvisational contexts and has been heavily involved in the London jazz scene for years. In addition to leading his own groups, Alec plays with the Andrew Schiller Group, Aaron Edgcomb, 'The Gown of Entry' and he hosts a residency with his duo every Wednesday at Drexler's in Manhattan.

Alec holds a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, receiving honours at both institutions. His teachers include Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, and Ralph Alessi. He also studied Composition with Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg.

In 2010 Alec was UK Jazz Radio's young musician of the year. He won a Yamaha Jazz scholarship in 2012 when graduating from Guildhall and also received a Concert Recital Diploma for excellence in performance. Alec received the Ian Fleming award from Help Musicians in 2012 and 2016. 

In his 10 years as a professional jazz musician Alec has performed with Jason Palmer, Joe Morris, Kansas Smitty’s, Olie Brice, Corrie Dick, The London Jazz Orchestra and the London City Big Band. In 2015 he toured Cyprus with percussionist Andria Nicodemou, and in 2016 was a featured soloist with the NEC Wind Ensemble as part of the Gunther Schuller memorial concert. Notable venues include the London Jazz festival, Marlborough jazz festival, Wigan Jazz festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Cornelia Street Cafe, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and Wally's Jazz Cafe.