Alexander Cross is a pianist currently based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Wallingford, Connecticut, Alex took to music at a rather young age due to influences from his musical family. He began taking classical piano lessons at age four for 13 years. In high school, Alex took an interest in jazz and immediately started taking jazz piano lessons.
Drawing inspiration from greats such as Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Gerald Clayton, Alex decided to further his craft at the collegiate level. He is a graduate of the jazz performance program at Temple University. Alex studied privately with Bruce Barth and Thomas Lawton during his time at Temple. He has also had the opportunity to work with Bianca Ryan, Tim Warfield, John Swana, Greg Kettinger, Mike Boone, Terell Stafford and numerous others. He has actively played with several groups in the Philadelphia region, and is also the lead vocalist and keyboardist in rock band, Auburn Row. Alex graduated from Drexel University's Arts Administration program in 2016 and currently runs his own tour booking company, Crossfire Booking, to help other artists.
One of Alex's projects, the Alex Cross Quintet, was declared "the future of jazz" by The Key, associated with WXPN Philadelphia (see article here). His debut album, For What May Never Come, was released on June 17, 2016.
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