Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Cuban-American saxophonist Alex Blade Silver is turning heads with his soulful and genre-defying sound. For the past few years while living in New York, you can hear Alex performing at NYC jazz clubs, Brooklyn dive bars, high-end events, and live theater performances.
At age 11, Alex began playing the saxophone with the help and mentorship of his father, a great sax player in his own right. At 14, he was accepted into the famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, with notable past alumni Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, Eryka Badu, and many others. Over the years, Alex has performed throughout the United States at festivals and events including the Monetary Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Jazz Educators Network, North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. He has shared the stage with greats such as Bob Mintzer, Snarky Puppy, Rich DeRosa, Keith Anderson, Michael Palma, Earl Eugene Toon, Jr. of Kool & the Gang, and many more. He won 5 Downbeat Music Student Awards while in college and high school for his playing in jazz, R&B, Funk, and Latin music categories. He graciously received the George Michael Music Scholarship and prestigious JCF Diversity of Music Scholarship in support of his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Currently, he works with many singers, instrumentalists, producers, and directors in New York. In addition, he co-leads a band called Civilians who will soon be releasing a new album. Another group, the Alex Blade Silver Trio performs every Friday night at the renowned Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square within the Charlie Palmer lounge. During the week, Alex works regularly as a sax player for The Ride, a live interactive performance experience in NYC, and teaches privately both in person within the greater NY area and online via Skype.