Alex Veley

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Alex Veley
Born (1973-06-11) June 11, 1973 (age 45)
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres Soul, rock, blues, funk
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, singer
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Maktub
Minus 5
CeDell Davis
Dave Matthews
Bola Abimbola
Nando Reis e os Infernais
Erasmo Carlos

Alex Veley is an American rock musician, soul keyboardist and singer known for using classic keyboards like the Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Hohner Clavinet.[1][2][3]

He was a founding member of Seattle-based neo-soul band Maktub in the 1990s with lead singer Reggie Watts and co-produced the band's debut album, 2000's Subtle Ways which won "Best R&B album" that year at the Northwest Music Awards.[1][2][4] He later went on to tour and perform with other Seattle groups like Tuatara, The Minus 5, and record with solo artists like Arkansas Delta Blues guitarist CeDell Davis and singer-songwriter Dave Matthews, recording Hammond organ on Matthews' grammy-award-winning solo album, "Some Devil."[2][5]

In 2003, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he currently records and performs with artists such as Nando Reis (as part of his band Os Infernais), Erasmo Carlos, and many others.[6][7]

Alex released a jazz-funk solo album in 2003 entitled Maconha Baiana, recorded both in Rio de Janeiro and Seattle, Washington.[2][3][8]

Selected Discography[edit]

United States[edit]

  • 2000: Maktub "Subtle Ways" (Jasiri Media Group)
  • 2002: Tuatara "Cinamathique" (Fast Horse Recordings)
  • 2002: CeDell Davis "When Lightnin' Hit the Pine" (Fast Horse Recordings)
  • 2003: Dave Matthews "Some Devil" (RCA)
  • 2005: Bola Abimbola "Ara Kenge" (Fast Horse Recordings)


  • 2000: Nando Reis "Para Quando o Arco-Íris Encontrar o Pote de Ouro" (Warner)
  • 2001: Nando Reis "Infernal" (Warner)
  • 2003: Nando Reis "A Letra A" (Universal)
  • 2005: Nando Reis e os Infernais "MTV Ao Vivo – Nando Reis e Os Infernais" (MTV – Universal)
  • 2006: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Sim e Não" (Universal)
  • 2007: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Luau MTV – Nando Reis e Os Infernais" (MTV – Universal)
  • 2009: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Drês" (Universal)
  • 2009: Erasmo Carlos "Rock 'n' Roll" (Coqueiro Verde)
  • 2010: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Bailão do Ruivão" (MTV – Universal)
  • 2011: Erasmo Carlos "Sexo" (Coqueiro Verde)
  • 2012: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Sei"
  • 2013: TAI "Seda e Pedra"
  • 2013: Nando Reis e os Infernais "Sei Como Foi em BH" (Coqueiro Verde)

Solo work[edit]

  • 2003: Alex Veley "Maconha Baiana"
  • 2011: Veley Brothers "The Way You Make Me Smile" (single release)
  • 2013: Alex Veley Trio "Rock 'n' Soul"


  1. ^ a b Kevan Roberts, Maktub: Funk Soul Brothers...Right About Now, "The Rocket" No. 307, August 11–25, 1999
  2. ^ a b c d Jake Tenpas, To Brazil And Back Again, "Corvallis Gazette Times, The Entertainer" July 16–23, 2004
  3. ^ a b Juliana Welling, Jovem da 'Velha Guarda', "Teclado e Audio" No. 84, October 2003
  4. ^ Trey Hatch, It Is Written: Maktub's Spacy Stew, "The Stranger" June 4, 1998
  5. ^ "Alex Veley". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  6. ^ Bernardo Araujo, Nando pilota ponte-area entre SP, Rio e Seattle, "O Globo, Segundo Caderno" October 17, 2000
  7. ^ Bernardo Araujo, Amor, humor e violao: uma mistura perfeita no rock de Erasmo Carlos, "O Globo, Segundo Caderno" June 9, 2009
  8. ^ "Maconha Baiana - Alex Veley". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-10.