Biography

Born in 1974 in Blumenau, South of Brazil, Alex Rossi met the Harmonica in his childhood. On the way to school as on the road which he followed to visit his grand-mother, was the only harmonica factory of the Three Americas. He often went to the factory to observe the making of instruments … but no one seemed to be able to play it and the young Alexandre will wait to be 13 years old to put the lips on the cold metal of his very first harmonica.

Rewarding his melodic experiments with basic musical knowledge he has from the practice of saxophone and percussion, as technical information given at the factory, the young musician develops his own technique, slipping step by step into the world of harmony.

From amateur bands to Jazz festivals (he shares the stage, among others, with Hermeto Pascal), Alex deepened his knowledge of musicality. At the age of 18, he goes in tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the age of 21, he takes the road of Dallas, Texas, USA.

The experience will fill him up and turn him into an accomplished professional musician.

During that time, the young man plays with great names of the Blues circuit as Hash Brown, Smokin’Joe Kubeck, Holland K. Smith, Tutu Jones, Lucky Peterson, Texas Slim, and the legendaries Sam Meyers,Hubert Sumlin ,Robert Ealey(Alex toured with him in Texas and Oklahoma), Curly “Barefoot” Miller andMagic Slim. Sharing the stage of the Tulsas’s Blues Festival with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Carey Bell and Roy Roger.

When he tries to go back to Texas, after visiting his familly in Brazil, he remains blocked on border and sees himself refused to enter the USA. The terrible decision seems not to slow down the artist, well decided to go of the front.

As he established himself in his country of birth, his activity and creativity does not decrease in any way. With the courses he’s giving (sometimes to 40 students a week), studio records and stage performances for musicians getting more in number and enthusiasm, tours in Argentina and Chile, Alex is a very busy musician ! During his tours in South America, he plays with musicians as David Honey Boy Edwards, Phil Guy, John Primer, Jeff Healey, the harmonica player Billy Branch, the saxophonist Joshua Redman, etc.

Four times, he was invited as a regular stage musician on Phil Guy‘s tours across South America.

In 2007, he records he’s first solo album ‘Let Me In’ with TopCat Record label from Texas and gets established in Buenos Aires, Argentina … more gigs, more studio performances with many more musicians.

In 2008, he again packed his suitcase and headed to Europe, ending up in Antwerp, Belgium. He secured European distribution for his debut album with the Belgian label Blues Boulevard–Music Avenue. In 2010 he recorded and released a duet album on TopCat Records with guitarist Greg Wilson, titled ‘Acoustic’. Alex’s most recent TopCat Records CD, released in 2011 is titled ‘Sessions’ and is a compilation of various studio sessions with many top Brazilian blues artist friends, including Greg Wilson, Fernando Noronha and Solon Fishbone.

Edited by mojo_boy on 18 Jan 2012, 18:07

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