Alex Nguyen’s solo is achingly beautiful. He conjures up the essence of Miles Davis’s message with space, depth, and sensitivity.
— Bunky Green
Photo: Barry Moore Photography

Photo: Barry Moore Photography

Since arriving in New York, trumpeter Alex Nguyen has been establishing himself for his distinctive lyrical and melodic style. The Savannah, Georgia native has garnered praise for his independent projects, including the nine-piece Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, for which he arranges much of the material.  While his work as a soloist, bandleader, and arranger has caught the attention of critics, Alex has also been noticed by fellow musicians, appearing with such groups as the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and the Celebration of Lionel Hampton; and one of his compositions “The First Year” was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron’s album The Traveler.  Alex was the winner of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition and received the Jamey Aebersold Award for Artistry at the National Trumpet Competition. He also was awarded residencies at Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, in Washington, D.C., and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, in Chicago.  A graduate of the University of North Florida’s Jazz Studies program where he worked with legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green, Alex also holds a Masters in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase, where he worked closely with seminal trumpeters Jon Faddis and Jim Rotondi.