Saxophonist Alex Madeline Set to Unveil Debut Album “Unexpected Direction”

by Madonna

Alex Madeline, a talented saxophonist renowned for his unique fusion of American jazz and French influences, is preparing to release his debut album, “Unexpected Direction,” on June 14. The album’s lead single, “Balance,” was unveiled earlier this year, offering listeners a taste of Madeline’s distinctive musical style.

Madeline’s musical journey began at the age of 9, with his discovery of the saxophone at 14 marking a pivotal moment in his life. With over 17 years of experience, Madeline’s passion for music resonates through every note he plays.


Formally trained at esteemed institutions such as the Caen and Versailles Conservatories, Madeline’s career has seen him collaborate with notable musicians including Terrence Blanchard, Jon Clayton, and the legendary Bob James.


In 2013, Madeline received a European scholarship that granted him admission to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned mentors such as George Garzone, Bill Pierce, and Hal Crook. His eclectic style, seamlessly blending jazz and classical influences, has captivated audiences worldwide, from Carnegie Hall in NYC to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Notable accolades include the prestigious Paul Wagner Award in 2015 and performances at acclaimed festivals globally.


Reflecting on a memorable performance at “Culture Lab in 2022,” where he introduced his latest project, “Unexpected Direction,” Madeline fondly recalls receiving the New Work Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. This grant enabled him to showcase his full band, including strings, opening doors to new opportunities and recognition.

Having immersed himself in the vibrant New York jazz scene, Madeline shares his passion for music through master classes and has been honored as an “honorary guest in residency” at the Conservatory of Lille in France.

Madeline emphasizes the importance of music as a conduit for balance in a diverse world, stating, “To truly hear and understand jazz, one must remain open to the flow of the inner tempo, the exploration of identity, vulnerability, and the beauty found in imperfection, both individually and collectively. It is the balance of life within each of us.”

“Balance,” the album’s inaugural track, draws inspiration from the harmonic vibe of legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter, crafted within a ¾ time signature that Madeline discovered as the essence of balance itself.


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