Alexander Tinnel is a highly versatile musician in the Washington, DC metro area. He is trained in classical and jazz piano. He is graduate of George Mason University (GMU), minoring in Jazz Studies. As a student, he performed in various GMU combos, including the Traditional Jazz Ensemble, which performs in the early styles of jazz, and in particular, New Orleans jazz. He plays acoustic piano, organ, and electric keys.
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 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 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.
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