Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Alex Mallett is a creative
force in Brooklyn’s close-knit roots music scene. He has shared
the stage with Andy Statman, Alex Battles, Gangasta Grass,
The Whistling Wolves, Astrograss and many others. Already an
in-demand bassist, Alex formed The Alex Mallett Band to play his
banjo-driven genre-jumping sing-along songs. They're songs of
love, heartbreak, youth lost/gained that make the soul search, the
feet tap and the voice holler. Joined by Nico Dann on drums, Alan
Biller on bass, and a host of talented surprise guests,
The Alex Mallett Band are putting finishing touches on their first
full-length CD to be released in 2014.
Growing up in musically rich Kanas City, Alex was exposed to a
variety of styles and performing oppportunities by the time he
finished high school, having performed with the state youth
symphony on double bass and on stage at Lincoln Center and at
local blues establishments.
Alex completed a bachelor's degree in jazz bass at McGill University in Montreal where he studied master bass players including: Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Charlie Haden, Cachao Lopez, Larry Grenadier and performed with many of the city's finest musicians including: Remi Bulduc, Andre White, Joe Sullivan, Christine Jensen, Wali Muhhamed, The Youjshe, and The Indigone Trio. He toured Europe with Riot Box, an original jazz project and in 2008 was selected to go to the Banff Centre for their jazz and creative music workshop where he studied with Dave Douglas, James Genus, Adam Benjamin, Clarence Penn and others.
In 2009, Alex moved to New York City. After a few months playing bass guitar in various indie rock and pop projects, he shifted focus and started playing banjo and writing songs. Within a few months, he formed The Alex Mallett Band with Nico Dann and Alan Biller who released their first crowd-funded EP in 2012. Establishing himself in Brooklyn's roots scene on banjo and bass, he's played with Union Street Preservation Society, the Whistling Wolves, Gypsy George, Barnyard Brothers, Chris Q Murphy and the Fiendish Thingies and shared the stage with Andy Statman, Astro Grass, Kristen Andreasson, Tony Trishka, Gangsta Grass and many others. He has played at many of New York's premiere venues and in two independent theatre productions: The Poor of new York and Lady Hahn. Additionally, he works for Midem, the world's premiere music industry trade show in Cannes, which gives insight into the inner workings of the music industry. He has studied banjo with Bennett Sullivan and has taken master classes with Tony Furtado, Mike Kropp and Jayme Stone. His biggest banjo influences are John Hartford and Pete Seeger.