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ABOUT ALEX FRAILE

       

        Alex Fraile is a professional saxophone player and educator. He was born in Miranda de Ebro, Spain. At the age of 9 years old, he started to play the saxophone at his hometown’s conservatory. His career as a professional musician started when he moved in 2005 to Barcelona to pursue his undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at the Conservatori del Liceu, getting the opportunity to study with some of the best Spanish jazz musicians, such as Perico Sambeat, Llibert Fortuny, Jon Robles, David Mengual, Horacio Fumero, and Mariano Diaz. During his time in Barcelona, he was part of different jazz and hip-hop projects, such as the Roc Calvet quartet, Rafael Lechowski, Loren, Amores Perros, and his own jazz quartet where he mixed all of these influences to produce an innovative sound. He has played in many different Spanish festivals and clubs throughout Spain and Europe. He recorded with Rafael Lechowski for Spanish National Television as well as multiple albums with a wide range of groups. In 2009, he recorded his first album, Días en Barcelona.

         The same year, he moved to the United States to pursue a graduate degree and to study with Brad Leali (Count Basie Band), Stefan Karlson (Eddie Gomez Trio), Ed Soph, Lynn Seaton, and Fred Hamilton. He has received a Master’s degree and a Doctoral degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas, where he was also granted a teaching fellowship. He has had the chance to study with some of the best international jazz musicians, such as Steve Wilson, Rich Perry, Benny Golson, Seamus Blake, and Will Vinson among others. He has been a part of the Grammy-Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, recording over three records (Lab 2012, Lab 2013 and Lab 2015), and touring extensively around the United States. Since he moved to the United States, he has performed in multiple festivals and clubs throughout the country, sharing the stage with a wide array of professional musicians in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as international jazz artist such as Mike Stern, Bobby McFerrin, John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Terrell Stafford, and Andy Narell among others. He is currently based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he teaches and performs regularly. All of these experiences have contributed to his formation as the accomplished, well-rounded musician that he is today.

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Lessons with Alex gave me the foundation I needed to be able to truly improvise freely; he taught me very digestible concepts in melody, harmony, rhythm, and technique. He also showed me how to create my own exercises so that I could continue to teach myself outside of his lessons. As a teacher, Alex was invaluable to my development as a musician and an individual. As a musician, he inspired me daily with his unique style and approach to the saxophone, combined with a flawless execution of ideas and a clearly distinct sound that showed his prowess and mastery, as well as a passion for music. I would (and have) recommend anyone who is serious about studying music to look him up."
Jonathan Mones

Jonathan Mones

https://www.royalartistgroup.com/ghost-note
Alex is one of the most authentically passionate educators out there; he truly cares about both the music and the student's progress. All this, in addition to being a well-studied and tremendous player himself."
Austin Zhang

Austin Zhang

www.austinzhangmusic.com
Alex is a consummate musician. He' s a unique player with his own musical voice. He's well versed in a variety musical styles and is a brilliant teacher. Alex's process for teaching jazz improvisation is refined and effective. His method builds a solid foundation and equips students with a comprehensive skill set that will allow them to play in a variety of jazz styles. Alex's musicianship has always been an inspiration. He possesses the kind of musical spark in his playing that motivates his students to keep striving for the highest level of performance."
Brendon Wilkins

Brendon Wilkins

www.brendonwilkins.com
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