Noted by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as a saxophonist who is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players”, Manhattan-based saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe is quickly making himself known throughout the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Tarpon Springs, Florida, LoRe has been mentored by a “who’s who” of saxophonists, including Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, James Moody, and Steve Wilson to name a few. Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” Saxophonist George Garzone describes his playing as “bold and unforgiving”, with “…a beautiful sound; he understands the concept of melody.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by many genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes.
LoRe has been featured at venues such as New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), the Jazz at Ravinia Festival held at the Stean’s Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Jacksonville and Clearwater Jazz Festivals in Florida, and the Savannah Jazz Festival in Georgia, among others. In New York, he frequents prominent venues such as Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Gallery, and Smoke Jazz Club both as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is a member of saxophonist Lucas Pino’s “No Net” Nonet, which currently holds a residency at Smalls Jazz Club. LoRe has had the opportunity to perform and work with artists George Garzone, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Jim McNeely, Steve Wilson, and John Riley, among others. Internationally, he has performed throughout the Netherlands, Israel, and Canada.
LoRe holds a bachelor of music degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, and a master of music degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music. Most recently, he plans to release his second album for Greg Osby’s “Inner Circle Music” label in October 2016. Entitled More Figs and Blue Things, the record features pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Desmond White, and drummer Colin Stranahan.