Alex Bugnon

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Alex Bugnon
Birth nameAlex Bugnon
Born (1958-10-10) October 10, 1958 (age 60)
Montreux, Switzerland
OriginUnited States
GenresSmooth jazz
Years active1988–present
Associated acts

Alex Bugnon (born October 10, 1958) is a jazz pianist and composer from Montreux, Switzerland. He is a nephew of Donald Byrd.[1]

Bugnon studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Mozart Academy in Salzburg. At age nineteen, he moved to the U.S. and attended the Berklee School of Music.[2]

His recording career began with his 1988 debut studio album Love Season for Orpheus Records, which reached the Billboard 200 albums chart and the top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as did his follow-up Head Over Heels.[2] He has been nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for the Best Jazz Album category in 1990 and 1992.

Bugnon toured with "Gospel Leviticus" in the Deep South.

The Contra Costa County Historical Society holds a Publicity press photo 8x10 which shows Bugnon was under contract to Epic. The photo is copyrighted by Sony Music. Copyright date is 1991. This photo was included in the Photo Morgue of the Contra Costa County Time newspaper, which is now in the custody of the Historical Society Archives.


Title Album details Peak chart positions




US Jazz


Love Season 127 34
Head Over Heels
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Orpheus Records
131 32
107° In the Shade 74
This Time Around
  • Released: June 1, 1993
  • Label: Epic Records
Tales From the Bright Side
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: RCA
51 6
...As Promised 9
Soul Purpose
  • Released: November 6, 2001
  • Label: Narada Jazz
Southern Living
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Label: Narada Jazz
  • Released: October 4, 2005
  • Label: Narada Jazz
Going Home
  • Released: January 8, 2010
  • Label: Xela Records
  • Released: November 29, 2013
  • Label: Xela Records
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Batty, David (February 8, 2013). "Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd has died, says nephew". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Alex Bugnon | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Alex Bugnon Chart History". Billboard 200. Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Alex Bugnon Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alex Bugnon Chart History". Jazz Albums. Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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