Roland Alexander

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Roland Alexander (September 25, 1935[1] – June 14, 2006) was an American post-bop jazz musician from Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up with his parents and sister Gloria in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alexander played tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Boston Conservatory in 1958 with a Major in composition, he was in the same graduating class with Kenneth Arthur McIntyre, later known as Ken Makanda MacIntyre. Roland was a prolific composer and arranger who wrote and played for many of the better known bands in Boston during the 1950s, i.e. Sabby Lewis, Preston 'Sandy' Sandiford, Richie Lowery, Jaki Byard and many more. He co-led a group called the Boston All Stars that featured Trumpeter Joe Gordon, and after Joe Gordon left to play with Dizzy Gillespie's band Joe was replaced by a few of the more innovative trumpet soloists in the area, like Wajid Lateef (Crazy Wilbur Lucaw), & Gordon Wooly. He then moved to New York City in 1958. In addition to two solo releases, he played and recorded with John Coltrane, Howard McGhee, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Blue Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, and Mal Waldron.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Eric Gale

  • Black Rhythm Happening (Blue Note, 1969)

With Abdullah Ibrahim

  • African Space Program (Enja, 1973)

With Charlie Persip

  • Charles Persip and the Jazz Statesmen (Bethlehem, 1960)

With Max Roach

With James Spaulding

  • Songs of Courage (Muse, 1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). "Alexander, Roland (E.)". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 29. ISBN 1561592846.