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Alex Murphy

Jazz Piano, Piano, Music Theory 

Alex is a native of St. Charles, IL and credits both the St Charles East High School Jazz Program and Birch Creek Jazz Academy for firing his initial passion in jazz. His Trio, The Alex Murphy Jazz Trio was already playing weekly in high school and had the opportunity to work with Chicago jazz vocalist, Tammy Alex Murphy Headshot 2McCann and Des Moines based jazz and blues vocalist, Tina Haase Findlay.

Alex completed his Bachelor of Music in Jazz piano at DePaul University. He studied with Jim Trompeter and has had the privilege of working closely with world renowned drummer and educator Dana Hall. Under Dana Hall and the rest of the jazz faculty at Depaul University, He has also studied with Ron Perrillo, Jeremy Kahn, Larry Brown Jr. and Dr. Michael Stryker.

Alex Murphy is considered one of the "young lions" working his way into the Chicago Jazz Scene. He has performed at the Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel, House of Blues and the Chicago Jazz Festival. In early 2018 he was featured in a "Jazz at Symphony Center" Masterclass with jazz great, Bill Charlap. He also freelances throughout the Chicagoland area, Northern Illinois and the Midwest. He can be heard playing keyboards on an EP from the band "Fade" that can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.

Alex has been featured at summer jazz festivals including the St. Charles, Des Moines, and Chicago jazz festivals. He has also performed with noted jazz artists including Dave Douglas, Pharezz Whitted, Nicholas Payton, Dezron Douglas, Isaiah Spencer, Matt Ulery, Charles Heath, Mark Colby, Dennis Carroll, Bobby Broom and Tammy McCann.

Not only does Alex specialize in jazz, but he has started to enter into the chicago hip-hop scene as a keyboardist and is influenced by much of the hip-hop music in his own compositions, especially the work of pianist Robert Glasper and the producer J. Dilla. 

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