Alexey Nikolaev, tenor saxophonist, has earned a reputation in the Seattle music scene as a "monster saxman." Alexey graduated in 1993 from Gnesin's Music Academy of Russia with a B.A. in saxophone and arrangement. In 1994, he completed his studies in Dublin, Ireland with saxophonist Dave Liebman.
He has performed globally at such prestigious events as the Montreux Jazz Festival (SWITZERLAND), Black Sea Jazz Festival (RUSSIA), Victoria Jazz Festival (CANADA), Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (USA), Portland Jazz Festival (USA), and the San Francisco Balboa Jazz Festival (USA), among others. He has also recorded with numerous national and local recording artists. Since 2000, Alexey lives in Seattle and is currently a faculty member at Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University, and has taught in the Mercer Island School District, Roberts Music Institute, and Music Works.