Alex Graham To Perform at Ste. Anne's Sunday
Alex Graham and the Bay View Jazz Quartet will perform in a free concert at Ste. Anne's Church Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. as a part of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation's summer concert series known as "Summertime Notes."
The music played by the quartet will be from the classic jazz repertoire, and they will be drawing on material used by Miles Davis during the 1950s and 1960s.
He is an alto saxophonist and has composed and arranged for small groups, big bands, and studio orchestras with a number of fellowships and residencies he received to compose original music. His latest album, "Brand New," is produced by Origin Records.
Mr. Graham lived in New York for more than 10 years before returning to his native Michigan to become the music director for Grand Hotel. He completed a doctorate in jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in 2009.
He has performed with a variety of artists, including Diane Schuur, The Four Tops, Nnenna Freelon, and Michael Weiss, and has played in groups at festivals and clubs throughout the United States and opened concerts for Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, and others.
The Bay View Jazz Quartet includes three Grand Hotel musicians who are participating in an internship at Grand Hotel. They are Michael Malis on piano, Doug Stuart on bass, and Miguel McQuade on drums. The internship is in conjunction with the Bay View Jazz Festival in Petoskey, where Dr. Graham is the director of jazz studies.
Mr. Malis is originally from Grosse Pointe and is studying music and English at University of Michigan. Mr. Stuart is from Chicago and was recently graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in music. Mr. McQuade is transferring from the University of Michigan to the New England Conservatory to further his music studies.