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Alexander Chadsey

Alexander Chadsey, University of Washington School of Music, Jazz & Improvised Music

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BFA, Jazz Studies, University of Michigan, 2003

Currently an M.M. candidate in the Jazz & Improvised music program at the University of Washington, Alex Chadsey has distinguished himself in a wide range of contexts with his unique musical sensitivity. He has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Europe and South America. In 2012 Alex played on the Grammy-award winning album imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways) by the LA-based band Quetzal. Current projects include reggae legend Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, the Sam Boshnack Quintet and Alex’s own trio Duende Libre, whose debut album (release: May 5, 2017) distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The group’s second album, entitled Drift, was awarded an Earshot Golden Ear award for 2018 "NW Jazz Recording of the Year." The group's third album, The Dance She Spoke, features original arrangements of traditional songs and rhythms from Guinea and Mali and will be available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more in June 2020. 

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Digipen Institute of Technology, Duende Libre

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