Alex Jenkins discusses his music and life as a percussionist, on Listening Lyrics, April 29, 2022


alex Jenkins - drummer to appear on KDRT 95.7fm

Due to his in-depth study of the music of different cultures, Alex Jenkins' playing transcends musical traditions and boundaries. His expression of rhythm is heavily influenced by his study of tabla (a north Indian classical percussion instrument), and he is known for his creative approach to music and for his unique ability to fuse rhythmic ideas from various disciplines into one cohesive sound.

Alex has studied music, drums and percussion at California State University Sacramento, the Ali Akbar Khan School of Music in San Rafael, and Drummers Collective in New York. He spent three months in India studying north Indian music. He performs and records regularly, around California and beyond, playing a variety of music (on both drums and tabla) including jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, blues, fusion, Indian classical, and just about everything in between.

Alex leads The Alex Jenkins Trio, which keeps a very busy performing schedule. He also teaches workshops and clinics for various schools, including Sacramento State, American River College, Cosumnes River College, California College of the Arts in Oakland, UC Merced, and many more. His extensive private teaching roster has more than 50 students per week. He will appear with the trio on:

  • 5/2  @ Luna's Cafe Sacramento, 8 p.m., all ages
  • 5/6 @ Drakes (West Sacramento), 6-9 p.m., all ages
  • 5/15 @ Jets (Sacramento, Midtown), 7:30-10 p.m., all ages
  • 5/21 @ Shady Lady (Sacramento), 8-11 p.m.
  • 7/8 @ Morgan's Mill (Woodland), 7-9 p.m., all ages

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