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Eric Wells Alexander, 4 August 1968, Galesburg, Illinois, USA. Born to a pair of musically inclined and encouraging parents, Alexander began taking piano lessons at eight years old and showed a great deal of promise. At 10, when instruments were distributed for the elementary school band, young Alexander chose the clarinet. He did not excel at the instrument, however, and soon found himself demoted to the bass clarinet. Upon finding a teacher at the age of 12, he switched to alto saxophone. Alexander continued in the school band programmes and state competitions, playing what classical saxophone works could be found. His interest in jazz at this age was minimal but he did gravitate towards the more contemporary saxophone artists including David Sanborn, Tom Scott and Michael Brecker. After graduating from high school, with a switch to tenor saxophone, Alexander attended Indiana University with only a partial intent to study music. It was a very influential teacher...