Education and Background
Born in Stockton California, Alex Reyes completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at University of the Pacific where he studied saxophone under Patrick Langham. He also finished his Master’s Degree at University of Tennessee, studying saxophone with Gregory Tardy and piano with Donald Brown. Reyes was a graduate teaching assistant for the Jazz Studies department at the University of Tennessee instructing multiple small jazz ensembles.
Alex has experience teaching several jazz courses, including Jazz Arranging, Jazz Theory and Standard Repertoire classes, as well as private lessons for saxophone and jazz piano. He also helped teach at the Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp at the University of the Pacific for the past several years.
Alex performs locally in bands on saxophone and piano and has been a part of several jazz festivals including the Brubeck Festival, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Seattle Jazz Experience, and the University of Tennessee Jazz Festival. He has performed with Monty Alexander, Lewis Nash, Dick Oatts, and Terrell Stafford, among others.
Alex puts an emphasis on having strong fundamental skills. He works with students to make sure they can not only play new musical concepts but also fully understand what they are learning. Alex’s main goal is to make sure each student is showing steady improvement, becoming a better and smarter musician.