Alexander Tinnel is a highly versatile musician in the Washington, DC metro area. He is trained in classical and jazz piano. He is currently a student at George Mason University (GMU) and part of their Traditional Jazz Ensemble, which performs in the early styles of jazz, and in particular, New Orleans jazz. He plays both piano and percussion in the ensemble.
Alex also performs both solo and in Spy Chords, a local Northern Virginia jazz/funk/blues/surf band. He is available to play in restaurants and for private parties and events. He also teaches music and accompanies students in recitals and band competitions.
Alexander is familiar with and trained in all styles of jazz. Some of his favorites include stride, ragtime, bop, other older jazz styles, boogie, and blues. He is comfortable with many other styles of music as well and has even played fills and solos on rock recordings. Some of his favorite artists and composers include Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Scott Joplin, Vince Guaraldi, Chick Corea, Keith Emerson, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alexander enjoys analyzing the styles of the greats in jazz piano and finding new ways to combine their techniques.
Alexander began studying piano at age 5. His early years were shaped by Ms. Kate Bohonos. It was during this time that he was first introduced to Vince Guaraldi and immediately fell in love with jazz. He completed a study of piano and music theory at age 16 under Ms. Kathleen Mikkelsen and performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in concert. He subsequently studied jazz theory and history privately under Professor Wade Beach of George Mason University (GMU). He then studied for several years in an advanced combo setting at the Levine School of Music under the direction of Paul Bratcher.
Alexander was previously an active participant in the PWCS summer band camp series, serving as the electric piano section lead and providing accompaniment for several of the jazz combos. He was formerly the "pit boss" in the OPHS marching and concert bands where he played mallet percussion. He played the role of the Phantom of the Opera as part of the 2013 and 2014 Clifton Haunted Trail events.
Alex currently teaches music through Bach to Rock in McLean, VA. If you are interested in music lessons, call and ask for Alexander or Alex by name. They can get you scheduled!
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