During Alexa Tarantino’s residency, she will visit 5 schools from grades 5-12, sharing her love of jazz music and teaching students about improvisation.


Director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Tarantino performs regularly as a leader and sidewoman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s OGRESSE, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (holding a weekly residency at Birdland Jazz Club), Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, LSAT (her new quintet co-led with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian), and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet.

Tarantino is currently on faculty for the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Programs and previously taught at Hobart Smith colleges.  She holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.  Tarantino is a regular clinician and adjudicator across the globe as well as founding director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop.

Alexa is a Vandoren Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist.

Free, no tickets required.


Sponsored in part by the Applied Materials Foundation.