Jazz singer, pianist & songwriter from Los Angeles, able to perform jazz standards, original music, and cover music spanning a wide range of genres
Vocalist and pianist Alex Brandenburg is proof that the future is bright for the jazz community. A versatile musician, she has performed solo, duo, with small groups and big bands, in coffee shops and concert halls alike. Her warm, smooth timbre, keen attention to lyrical expression, and playful improvisational style captivate audiences large and small. She brings a refreshing modern twist to jazz standards, while she sings pop, musical theater, and original compositions with a jazz-influenced sheen.
Alex is a two-time graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied with Dr. Kate Reid and served as a graduate teaching assistant. She sang in the multiple Downbeat award-winning vocal group Extensions for four years, directed Jazz Vocal II, taught private lessons and other classes. Jazz and popular music luminaries she has performed with include Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meader, Donny McCaslin, Becca Stevens, Jo Lawry, Kathleen Grace, and Dena DeRose. Alex has performed in major concert series such as the Stanford Jazz Festival and Jazz Roots at the Adrienne Arsht Center. She most recently spent a week performing in Zagreb, Croatia as part of the International Association of Schools of Jazz. As an arranger, her work has been featured at the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp. Her debut single "Take Your Seat" is available for streaming and purchase on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and more.
Alex was drawn to music from the beginning of her life, noodling at the piano and singing in the shower at every opportunity. Her unique combination of experience in classical percussion, jazz piano, and musical theatre fused to spark an interest in singing and songwriting professionally. While in high school, she studied with renowned musicians & educators such as Matt Harris and Tierney Sutton. She had the opportunity to perform in varying venues, from local house shows to festivals and conferences throughout California. In 2015, she was the third place finalist in the Ventura Music Festival's Student Jazz Competition.
Aside from performing and recording, Alex is also an active private teacher and music educator who is passionate about helping her students unlock their potential. She has worked with all ages and experience levels, from one-on-one instruction to large student groups and choirs. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Miami, enjoying and absorbing as much music as she can.