Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
As a young child ,he had early professional performing experience with his father (Alfred, born November 16, 1948) and his 2 sisters (Christiane, born September 4, 1973 and Katrina, born November 2, 1979) in a family Austrian folk ensemble- The Meixner Kinder. Started studying piano and then piano accordion with his mother (JoAnn, born October 24, 1950) at age 4. Progressed on to the trumpet, which became his major instrument at age 7- as well as drums, diatonic button accordion and bass within the next few years. At the age of 12, Alex moved with his family to Orlando, FL where his father accepted full-time employment as a musician and arranger at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. While living in Orlando, Alex's exposure to jazz grew, as well as his experience as a performer within numerous folk/ world music and pop genres. Alex studied with Bill Boyd and Michael Payton on trumpet and garnered jazz solo awards at festivals throughout the south. As a hig h school student, he also performed as a classical trumpeter with the London Symphony Orchestra and as an accordion soloist with Sandy Duncan for a MENC/ PBS television broadcast. In 1994, Alex started studies in trumpet performance/ music education at Ithaca College School of Music (Ithaca, NY). As a student at Ithaca, Alex formed his first jazz group, "The Alex Meixner Quartet" which performed at local clubs and festivals. They performed on numerous national tours with his father's multi-cultural/ Polka band, "The Al Meixner Trio" and were featured performers on a Grammy award winning album ("Music and Friends" by Walter Ostanek, 1994). At Ithaca, Alex studied with Frank Campos (Trumpet) and Steve Brown (Jazz) and was a featured soloist in performances with the Ithaca College Jazz Workshop, while also leading the backup band for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. After graduating from Ithaca in 1998, Meixner studied in the master's program in trumpet performance at the Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, Meixner studied with John Daniel (trumpet) , Dan Yoder and Rick Hirsch (jazz). Meixner coordinated the Jazz Combo program at Penn State for 2 years and was also a Teaching assistant in Trumpet. Meixner's current activities include "Artist in Education" programs for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts- in which he explores the fusion of jazz with world folk musics- specifically those from eastern Europe/ Slavic countries. This work is being documented on an upcoming cd "Fascinating Rhythms of the World" (to be released in the summer of 2003) as well as being performed in concerts with his ensembles.
Meixner also teaches trumpet in the Philadelphia area, as well as coordinates a program for at-risk students in Allentown, PA at the Community Music School- in addition to maintaining a busy schedule of performance and recording dates.
Scenes from a Parallel Universe, Jazz Visions featuring Alex Meixner (2002); Jerry Lynn: Hugh Indigo (2002); Numerous recordings with polka, international folk/ pop artists from US, Canada, Mexico and Austria; Radio interviews stations throughout the US, TV appearances on PBS and local stations throughout the US
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