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Matthew Alec is a jazz and popular music saxophonist, founder and Executive Producer at Cleveland Time Records, and bandleader for the high-energy jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric.

His debut album Cleveland Time featuring former Saturday Night Live Musical Director Tom “Bones” Malone was released in February of 2021.

The album charted for several weeks on the NACC Jazz Radio Chart, peaking at #13, and received international press from Jazziz Magazine, All About Jazz,,, Broadway World, WBSS Media, Glide Magazine, and many others.

His hard bop blues composition “Blues for McCoy” from the album was a Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and was one of All About Jazz’s most “Popular Jazz Songs” for 2021.

His 2nd album Live at the Bop Stop! (which also features Malone) is due out in December of 2022.

Matthew is proudly sponsored by DeJacques saxophone straps and Remic Microphones.


We talked about:

🎷 Matthew’s practice routine

🎷 How Michael Brecker became his new hero

🎷 How he approaches working on altissimo & his altissimo fingerings for Urgent

🎷His approach when playing tribute or cover bands

🎷Advice from Joe Lovano

🎷And MUCH more!


Here’s the Video:








Cleveland Time Records:

Links to the first two videos from the “Live at the Bop Stop!” album featuring Tom Bones Malone:

Butterfat (a David Sanborn tune off of his very first album, which ironically features none other than Tom Malone on trombone!):

The Chicken:


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