Winner of first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as "among the most promising talents of [his] jazz generation" (JazzTimes), "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), "one of New York's most vital young guitarists" (Jazziz), "an important emerging voice on his instrument" (New York City Jazz Record) and as a player of "fluid lyricism" (Downbeat). In addition to being featured as a soloist on multiple GRAMMY and JUNO nominated recordings, the Alex Goodman Quintet's 2011 debut album, Bridges, was nominated for a JUNO as the year's best contemporary jazz album.
In his time on the New York scene, he has performed at the city's top jazz clubs, including the Jazz Standard, Blue Note, Smalls, and Jazz Gallery, as well as at such venues as Lincoln Center and National Sawdust. The guitarist has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Massey Hall in Toronto, as well as at such festivals as Winter Jazz Fest in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and further afield at festivals in China, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.
In addition to his seven albums as leader or co-leader, Goodman is featured on recordings alongside such artists as John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, and Rich Perry. In addition to having performed with musicians like Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, and Ari Hoenig, the guitarist regularly plays in ensembles led by Manuel Valera (José Marti en Nueva York, Distancia), Lucas Pino (upcoming quartet album), Mareike Wiening (Future Memories, Metropolis Paradise), Remy Le Boeuf (Architecture of Storms, Assembly of Shadows), Martina DaSilva, and Roxy Coss among many others. Goodman has won an ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award, has written scores for jazz and chamber groups, orchestras, big bands, and string ensembles, and has composed and recorded a book of solo guitar etudes. He graduated from the Master's program in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.