Ramon Alexander grew up in the small community of Mamre, surrounded by the brassy sounds of Moravian hymns and the legacy of Khoisan music. He first studied wine-making but his jazz-musician-by-night identity dominated and, since being selected as pianist for the Standard Bank National Youth Big Band in 2004 he’s released three albums and performs regularly at international festivals such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Borneo International Jazz Festival as well a recent residency at No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Ramon Alexander is a breath of fresh air,” writes Jai-jai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide, “he takes you on a musical journey creating a landscape of rhythmic interplay that showcases his legacy and heritage”. He has become an important curator of Cape Jazz, threading his original compositions through with the sounds of his Cape identity.
Leading exponent of Cape jazz