a keyboard player who has performed internationally for many years.
Today he is based in Canada, where he runs a recording studio. He is also an author.
1962-72 Attends University College School, Hampstead, London UK
1972-3 Student teacher at Chwele School, Bungoma, Kenya
1972-4 Numerous jazz workshops including three terms at Barry Summer
School, receiving tuition from Ian Carr, Don Rendall, Stan Tracey, Mike
Gibbs, Manfred Man, Gordon Beck, Tony Oxley and Maggie Nichols
1973-4 Attends Barnet Art College - completes Foundation course
1973-4 London dates with Paul Gilroy (today the leading authority on black culture in the UK)
1975 - British tour with Jon Owen band, including a concert at
Chelmsford prison. Showcase at the 'Marquee' with the George Hatcher
1976 - Three month residency at the Ambassador Hotel, Dubai
1977- UK tour with Bruce Ruffin. Residency at 'McKinlie's' (formerly
the 'Country Club', Belsize Park), with Canute Edwards and the
'Scientists of Sound.'
1978 - Formation of 'Mirage' - live show at Ronnie Scotts
1979 - Mirage headlines at Glastonbury Festival, and plays residency at the Bamboo Club, Serracunda, Gambia
1980 - Mirage signs to Trident/Flamingo/RCA and first record 'Summer
Grooves' becomes a club hit in London, and achieves chart position in
France. Concerts at the 'Rainbow', the LSE, the 'Lyceum', 'Hammersmith
Palais' and many soul festival all-dayers and all-nighters. Also many
dates supporting Level 42. Several live Radio One broadcasts and many
press interviews. Much airplay and record used as BBC theme.
1981 - Mirage plays Odeon tour of UK. Zandy records with Eduardo Niebla (Towards the Sun).
1982 - Zandy teams up with Marina Fiorentini to play jazz concerts in
Italy and New York - (the New Music Festival). Rehearsal bands with Art
Blakey junior, Chip White and Rashied Ali
1983 - Live shows in London - the 'Canteen' (with Joe Lee Wilson) and independent TV, Rome.
1984 - Residency at the 'Bar Naviglio, Milan - (also concerts at the
'Swing' and the 'Scimmie') and more dates in London including the
Roundhouse, the Dome and the Royal Festival Hall cafe. Workshop with
Art Blakey, Chalk Farm.
1985-6 - USAF bases in UK, 'Bulmershe College'.
1987 - Residency at 'Biggles' jazz bar, St James Square, London.
Concerts at the 'People's house' and the 'Double Dose', Rio de Janeiro,
Brasil. Workshop with Chick Corea, Leblon, Rio
1988-9 - Dates in Rome, the 'Music Inn', the 'Big Mama', the
'Alexanderplatz' and the 'Castello'. Workshop with Billy Cobham. Zandy
and Marina host radio programme 'Samba Roma' for radio Citta Aperto
1990 - Organization of the Roman Carnival. BMG records the song
'Carnevale Romano', composed by Zandy. Live appearance on RAI national
TV, concert with Nelson Mandela, Campo di Fiori, Zandy signs to
Tendance Records and his song 'Africa Free' receives continuous airplay
1991-2 - Italian tour. Appearance at the Rome Palladium
1993-4 - Africa Free' remixed by Victor Simonelli and released in the U.S. by Playtime Records
1996 - Residency at 'Sous L'Escalier', Montreal, with 'Naki'.
1997 - Together with Catherine Bazin, Zandy wins first prize at the 'Festival de Blues de Sherbrooke.'
1998 - Breakfast news TV and residency at the 'Black Cat', Magog, with Catherine.
1999 - Montreal club dates with Ginny B. Aullese festival, Italy, with Brent Nokes. Appearance at Laval prison - (with Dakar)
2000 & 1 - Residency at 'Jazz after Dark', Soho, London.
Creation of Worldgig recording studio, Little Italy, Montreal. Zandy
and Ginny sign to Cdbaby for online distribution. Release of cd 'I
refuse to be cast down' - (Al Gordon & Ginny B), on Worldgig,
2003-4 - Residency with Ginny B at 'Le Cine Lumiere' and weekly jazz workshop at 'Les Minots'.
2005 - Concerts with Ginny B at 'Comme Chez Soir', 'La Kemia' and
'L'Assomoir', plus release of cd 'Alex Gordon & Ginny B' on
Worldgig. Residency at the 'Bora bar', Granby.
2006 - Concert with Lodi August at La Maison de la Culture, Frontenac.
Release of cd 'Cherokee'- (by Alex Gordon & Ginny B),on
Worldgig/Cdbaby. Recording session with the 'Surfin' Cowboys'.
2007 - Release of 'Lotus Tree' by Alex Gordon & Ginny B on
Worldgig/Cdbaby. Release of three improvisational grand piano cds by
Zandy Alexander - 'Little Miss Tao', 'Anima Mundi' and 'The songs of
the ancestors', all on Worldgig/Cdbaby. Release of 'Because the song'
by Zandy Alexander & Ginny B on Worldgig/Cdbaby.
2008 - Shooting of pilot version of 'Arcania' (a film based on the
novel authored by Zandy Alexander under the pen-name of Brother
Xanadu). 'Arcania' the film is directed by Jean Bourbonnais. This art
film is based on the life of Zandy Alexander in London in the 70s and
his connections with two established oil-painters - Brent Nokes and Ian
Gordon. The book, the film and the artists themselves provide a key to
understanding the background of today's 'Donegal School' of Irish
visual artists. Shooting of 'Breakfast with Ginny' the Montreal sitcom
directed and edited by Gabriel Darveau. Zandy Alexander teams up with
fellow jazz keyboard player James Newhouse to produce a series of
webcasts which explore the theme of how improvisation may have a wider
mandate within jazz music and film acting - as an antidote to the new
era of machine intelligence and control. 'Danny's life', 'The A-Z guy',
'Yes, I am a musician', 'Meet the Dorkettes','The A-Z of jazz', and
'The Jazz Bard of Montreal'. These six films are shot, edited and
produced all within four months. 'The A-Z of Jazz' features the jazz
jam session of Alex Bellgarde at the Diese Onze club of Montreal.
Residency at the Stash restaurant, Montreal. Zandy records and produces cd for Claire Champeau at Worldgig.
2009 - Residency with Cindy Chavez at Christie's, Boucherville.
Improvizational recordings with Paul Dolden and James Newhouse at
studio of Paul Dolden and at Worldgig.
2010 - Residency at the Stash restaurant. Shooting of two more
Alexander-Newhouse films - 'Guitar boy hits M town' and 'The
Hoochie-Koochie gang'. Release of 'Chant of the Dawn' by Zandy
Alexander & Ginny B on Worldgig/Cdbaby.
Live appearances on club and winebar circuit in Donegal, Ireland
including Maggie Dan's, Gortahork and at the private house of Cathal O
Searcaigh (the most established poet of the Irish language.)
2011 - Residency at the Stash restaurant. Zandy signs up for six months
of acting lessons from Adam Kelly at the I.O Acting Studio. Shooting of
five more films - 'Billy and the Bard,' 'The language of Z', 'Tea at
Five', 'The Actors' house' and 'The Telemarketer.'
Showcase concert performance with Kenwood Dennard and John Acer at the
Ultimate Drum Camp, Magog. Residency at the Barouf. Lead role in the
shooting of the first nine episodes of the webcast 'Inspector Godfrey
HMI' - directed and produced by Adam Kelly for I.O. Acting Studio.
2012 - Residency at the Stash restaurant. Jazz concert at Hyatt hotel
with Peter Lovett and friends. Zandy has acting role in feature fim of
Adam Kelly - 'Bridges over Montreal.'
Residency at BBAM gallery with THOMASITY band.
2013 - Residency at the Stash restaurant. Zandy takes part in
multimedia workshop - contact-improv dance and music, several sessions
a week, at University of Quebec at Montreal Dance Department and other
2014 - Several concerts at L'Escalier cafe with Ginny B. Residency at
the Stash restaurant - January through June. Contact-improv and music
also January through June.
2015 - Piano performances at Cafe delle
Pace. Recording project with Alex Farhoud. Irish music jam residency
with Tara G, at The Loft, Falcarragh, Donegal, Ireland.
2016 - Djembe workshop with Luc Boiven. Piano performances at Cafe
L'Insouciance and Cafe della Pace. Irish music jam with Tara
G, Donegal, Ireland.
'Summer Grooves' - Mirage, RCA
'Towards the sun' - Eduardo Niebla
'As from now' - Mirage, Copasetic
'Africa Free' - ZAM (with Marina Fiorentini)
'Thankful' - Red light
'Crazy for you' - Jose Feliciano
'African Freedom' - ZAM (with Marina Fiorentini - produced by Victor Simonelli, Playtime)
'Celtic distortions' - Patsy Dan Rogers
'Paul Rogers' - (production and engineering also)
'I refuse to be cast down' - Al Gordon & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'The politics of blues' - the Surfin' Cowboys
'Alex Gordon & Ginny B' - Alex Gordon & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Cherokee' - Alex Gordon & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Lotus tree' - Alex Gordon & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Little Miss Tao' - Zandy Alexander, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Anima Mundi' - Zandy Alexander, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'The songs of the ancestors' - Zandy Alexander, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Because the song' - Zandy Alexander & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Chant of the dawn' - Zandy Alexander & Ginny B, Worldgig, Cdbaby
'Mantra' - Zandy Alexander & Ginny B, Worldgig