Show Time: 7:30pm // Cover charge - $20 per person
With two degrees from NYU, Alex Minasian has, at a remarkably young age, established himself as a versatile pianist, educator, and impresario in many different musical genres.
As a pianist, Alex has has studied with some of the greatest pianists in jazz history, including Hank Jones, Don Friedman, Jean-Michel Pilc, and James Williams, and has performed in most of the country's most famous jazz rooms, such as Birdland, the Blue Note, Yoshi's, Bohemian Caverns Iridium, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, and the Apollo Theater.
He has shared the stage with such legends as James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, QUESTLOVE, Marylin McCoo, Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, Annie Ross and Clark Terry, and with such jazz greats as Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, Sheila Jordan, Gary Bartz and Hugh Masekela. Alex was the last pianist for the late iconic singer and NEA Jazz Master Little Jimmy Scott, as well as the last pianist and musical director for the late pioneering jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, with whom he recorded a few albums with. He also performs as pianist and musical director for singer, actor, songwriter, and musical historian Billy Vera and his 18-piece big band. In 2016, Alex joined Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Little Anthony & The Imperials as their pianist. Alex has also headlined such important jazz celebrations as the Rochester Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and Istanbul Jazz Festival, appearing as co-leader of a trio with Canadian bassist Brandi Disterheft. In 2013, Minasian, Disterheft, a veteran drummer Steve Williams (Shirley Horn), formed the Hanky Panky Trio to honor Hank Jones..The Hanky Panky trio is featured in Season 2 of the hit Netflix show, 'Orange Is The New Black'. Alex has been featured in Yerevan Magazine, a Los Angeles '96 based Armenian publication promoting Armenian news and culture.