The GSU Jazz band under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick will perform with Eric Alexander and Joe Farnsworth. Eric Alexanderis an American jazz saxophonist, known for his sophisticated hard bop and post-bop style. Alexander first achieved fame by finishing second at the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He was quickly signed and began recording albums.
Alexander has worked with many jazz musicians, including Chicago pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Idris Muhammad, and guitarist Pat Martino. He has recorded and toured extensively with the sextet, One for All. Joe Farnswoth, one of the most highly regarded jazz drummers on the scene today, Joe is known for his blazing speed, precision, musical, and melodic playing.
He studied with Alan Dawson and Arthur Taylor prior to attending and graduating from William Patterson College in New Jersey in 1994 where he began playing with saxophonist, Eric Alexander and guitarist, Peter Bernstein.
Joseph’s career includes recording over 100 CD’s as leader and side-man, jazz festivals and world tours with Pharaoh Sanders, Horace Silver, Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Diana Krall, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Lou Donaldson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Curtis Fuller to name a few.
He is currently a member of the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet, Harold Mabern Trio, and is a founding member of the renowned One for All Quintet.