In 2019, NYC jazz saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz won second place in the Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition. In 2019 and 2021 he was the recipient of an ASCAP Herb Albert Composer Award.
Originally from Arizona, Alex Weitz was a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band. Alex went on to complete both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Alex has performed at esteemed venues and jazz festivals around the world including Dizzy's Club, Tucson Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Birdland Jazz Club, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Jazz Standard, South Beach Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Showcase.
In 2021 Alex won a “Pathways to Jazz” grant from Boulder County Arts which helped fund his third studio recording. The album features special guests Emmet Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Yotam Silberstein, and Marcus Printup. The album was released at the Tucson Jazz Festival in January 2023 and became available globally on "Outside in Music" on April 28 2023.
Alex’s performances are known for his exciting, memorable original compositions, strong group dynamic, and creative reinterpretations of standards.
Since September 2020, he has been producing and broadcasting the video for the popular jazz live stream “Live at Emmet’s Place.”
“It is impossible not to be knocked out by the sheer creative firepower of Alex Weitz.” - The Jazz Word
“ Full of peaks, valleys, unexpected twists and turns, and exceptional solos, with solid group interactions." - All About Jazz
“...riveting lines and a huge warm sound that is centrically focused” - Jazz Music Archives