Saxophonist and composer Alex Hoffman, born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland, started playing saxophone at the age of nine. He began his serious study of music when he started private lessons with saxophonist Paul Carr at the age of 12. While in high school he was twice a member of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles (2003, 2005), three times a semi-finalist in the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Competition (2004, 2005, 2006), and was selected to participate in the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2005. After graduating from high school, Alex moved to New York in 2005 to attend New York University where he studied with Brian Lynch, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and John Scofield. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in the Spring of 2009 with honors. Since moving to New York he has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition in 2008, performed with the GRAMMY award winning Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, recorded on two of GRAMMY award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch's CDs and has led his own groups regularly in clubs such as Smalls and Fat Cat.