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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 "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), and as a player of “fluid lyricism” (Downbeat), “dazzling improvisational dexterity and engagingly smart composition (New York City Jazz Record). His CD Bridges was nominated for a JUNO, Canada's highest musical honor, as Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
Since moving to New York in 2012, Alex has performed at the top New York City jazz clubs like Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Appel Room at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's, Birdland, Jazz Gallery, Mezzrow, 55 Bar, Smoke, and National Sawdust. He's performed at prestigious international venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Chaoyang Theater in Beijing, and Massey Hall in Toronto, as well as at major jazz festivals including Winter Jazz Fest in New York, Leopolis in Ukraine, Bankso in Bulgaria, Montreal and Montreux.
Goodman has had the opportunity to record with international artists including John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Kevin Hays, and Rich Perry. He's performed with a wide variety of others like Charles Lloyd, Ari Hoenig, Terell Stafford, Eric Harland and Fabian Almazan, and plays regularly in bands led by musicians like Manuel Valera, Lucas Pino, Martina DaSilva, Roxy Coss, and Remy Le Boeuf. Alex was awarded an ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award, has written a book of guitar etudes and has composed extensively for jazz and chamber groups, orchestras, big bands, and string quartets. He is a graduate of the Master's program in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.