Alex Chadsey started piano lessons at age 7 and continued formal music training through college, receiving a B.F.A. in Jazz Studies with High Honors from the University of Michigan in 2003. While pursuing his degree at UM, he studied with Ellen Rowe, Louis Nagel, Ed Sarath, Donald Walden, and Steve Rush and participated in masterclasses with Hank Jones, Renee Rosnes and Mulgrew Miller. In 2001 Alex participated in the Amalfi Coast MusicFestival in Vietri sul Mare, Italy and in 2002 spent three weeks studying traditional music in Ghana, including masterclasses with master palm-wine guitarist, Konimo. Alex’s first professional engagement after college was a stint with legendary jazz drummer Les DeMerle and his Quartet featuring Bonnie Eisele aboard the Island Princess cruise ship. In 2005 Alex relocated to Seattle and soon began working with many of the Pacific Northwest’s finest latin and jazz artists. Highlights included his role as Musical Director for Joe Santiago and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra in 2007 and 2008. Alex has been featured twice at Meany Hall as part of the University of Washington Visiting Artists in Ethnomusicology Concert Series, in 2007 with Joe Santiago and in 2010 with Laura Rebolloso. In 2008 Alex traveled to Havana, Cuba for a masterclass with Chucho Valdes.
In 2009 Alex was featured on the independently-released recording Brazilian Songbird by Seattle-based Brazilian jazz ensemble, Sambatuque. Later that year, he performed at El Teatro del Estado in Xalapa, Veracruz (Mexico) with the Panamerican Big Band, directed by Rufus Reid. 2010 saw Alex performing, recording, and arranging music for Laura Rebolloso and the East L.A.-based chicano rock group, Quetzal. In September 2010 Alex recorded with Quetzal for their new album, to be released in 2011 on Smithsonian Folkways Records. A new album featuring Alex’s original compositions was released early in 2011 on Origin Records (Q.E.D. Yet What Is Any Ocean, Origin 82583). Most recently, Alex was awarded a 2011 City
Artist Grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to support collaborative work between artists from Seattle, Los Angeles and Veracruz, Mexico. Alex currently lives in Seattle and teaches at the Seattle Drum School and occasionally at Cornish College for the Arts.