Alex Jenkins (Alex Jenkins Quartet)

  • Genres
  • Afro-Cuban
  • Funk
  • Indian Classical
  • Jazz
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Jazz ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Jazz ★
  • Musicians
    • Alex Jenkins — drums
    • Alex Reiff — bass
    • Arlyn Anderson — guitar
    • Levi Saelua — saxophone
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


"Crescent" by John Coltrane.

How do you describe your music to people?


A mix of jazz, Afro-Cuban, funk, Brazilian and Indian classical.

Tell us about how the band formed.


I asked these guys to be in the Quartet because I love playing with them.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


Any night I play something new is my best show.

Tell us about your worst gig.


Only in my dreams, when I show up to a gig and forget how to set up my drums!

What was the first song you learned to play?


"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix.

What's next for the band?


We will be releasing a new CD this summer.

What's the story behind the band name?


Alex: I have been a fixture in the California jazz scene for more than 15 years. I have worked with musicians from all over the world. My latest project is the Alex Jenkins Quartet. I hand-picked these musicians, and they are some of my most favorite to play with—we have great chemistry. In June 2018, we recorded a live album at the CLARA Auditorium, here in Sacramento, which will be released later this summer.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


The Sac music scene is strong—I love checking out new artists.

Who are your biggest influences?


John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri.

Who first inspired you to play music?


My high school band teacher, Ike Paggett.

Words to live by?


If a question exists, then the answer must as well.

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