Bassist, Alex Claffey Trio featuring pianist, Dave Kikowski

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Bassist, Alex Claffey Trio featuring pianist, Dave Kikowski

with Dave Kikowski

Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in Philly native Mike Boone, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno, Ben Wolfe, Orin O'Brien and Gregg August. Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O'Neal, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Jr., J.D. Allen, Stacy Dillard, Bruce Harris, Duane Eubanks, Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, and Orrin Evans on whose 2013 release "[It Was Beauty]" he made his recording debut. Alex also appears on three forthcoming records in 2014: JD ALLEN'S "BLOOM" and Ralph Peterson Jr.'s "Alive at Firehouse 12: Volume II", and Ben Eunson's "Autumn". Alexander resides in Harlem.

Dave Kikowski

Dave’s most recent CrissCross release is from a collective named “Opus Five”. Opus Five features new originals by bandmates Seamus Blake, Donald Edwards, Alex Sipiagen and Boris Kozlov. In addition to Opus Five, Dave played on the Mingus Big Band album, “Live at the Jazz Standard”, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. In 2015, Dave reunited with Roy Haynes and returned to Blue Note. Currently Dave is continuing to tour the world as both a leader in his own projects as well being a featured sideman among various groups.

Dave Kikoski has played on over 100 records including 14 under his own name.

He continues to foster his individualistic voice while exploring a wide variety of opportunities as both a leader and sideman. Dave seeks to continue composing not only for his own groups but for films and other artistic mediums. As an affecting modernist, Dave distills the best in jazz and popular music and infuses every song with attention-garnering brilliance.