There is a duality that informs David Bixler’s work as one of the premiere alto saxophonists in contemporary Jazz. A Wisconsin native, Bixler studied Classical piano as a child but was inspired by the legendary Dexter Gordon to take up the saxophone, which led him to the music program at Indiana University. After graduation, he relocated to New York City, where he became an in-demand session player. Bixler, his wife, violinist Heather Martin Bixler, and their four children called Harlem home for years, but Bixler is equally at home in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he has been an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University since 2008; Bixler and other members of the Jazz faculty have a standing Wednesday night gig at a downtown Bowling Green club. Widely regarded for his estimable improvisational skills, Bixler’s past few recordings have also showcased his equal gift for composition, particularly 2006’s all-original album, Call It a Good Deal.
Alto saxophonist David Bixler swings through Blue Wisp Friday-Saturday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.