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  • Alex Budman (2005)

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    Alex Budman is an active musician and educator of more than 13 years with performing experience on all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, electric and acoustic basses. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Boz Scaggs, Bettye Lavette and the Funk Brothers. A versatile performer, Alex has worked with SF Bay Area talents Kim Nalley, Jesús Díaz, Glide Memorial Church Band, San Francisco Mime Troupe and the San Jose Symphony. For five years he directed the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, a 16-piece modern big band featuring original arrangements and weekly performances in San Francisco.

    Alex moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and has since performed with or recorded for Busta Rhymes, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Doyle Bramhall, Vanessa Carlton and comedian Richard Cheese. In addition to leading his own groups, he can be found playing in the big bands of Steve Huffsteter, Clare Fischer, Kim Richmond, Ron King, Bruce Lofgren and Tim Davies. Alex can also be seen with punk/lounge/performance artists The Fuxedos.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Just Friends (Verve)
    # 2 George Benson It's Uptown Clockwise (Columbia)
    # 3 Eddie Daniels Breakthrough Divertimento (GRP)
    # 4 Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley Never Will I Marry (Capitol)
    # 5 Stan Getz Stan Getz Plays Body and Soul (Verve)
    # 6 Miles Davis Milestones Milestones (Columbia)
    # 7 Herbie Hancock Thrust Actual Proof (Columbia)
    # 8 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Sir Duke (Motown)
    # 9 Michael Brecker and Claus Ogerman Cityscape Nightwings (Warner Archives)
             
    Book A full set of encyclopedias.
             
    Luxury Item Juggling props.
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Samuel Barber N/A Violin Concerto N/A
    Alt 2 Claude Debussy N/A String Quartet N/A
    Alt 3 Chaka Khan The Best of Chaka Khan, Vols 1 & 2 N/A N/A
    Alt 4 Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns N/A N/A
    Alt 5 Steely Dan Aja N/A N/A
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