When Alexandra Lehmler is calling her recent album “Jazz Baby” there is good reason behind it: music in general and jazz in particular are constants in her life. Born in 1979 in Bad Ems (Lahn) the saxophonist, who is living in Mannheim since many years, knew very soon where her path should lead. It started with her time in the “Landesmusikgymnasium (grammar school with focus on music) Rheinland Pfalz” where she graduated with the university entrance diploma in summer 2005. Studies at the conservatoire in Mannheim followed, which Lehmler completed with a straight grade A. This success was crowned by a semester abroad in Paris, which she performed within the scope of her postgraduate studies at the conservatoire in Stuttgart.
As far as the external frame, however, but what would studies be without applied performances, without countless days and nights in the recording studio or at stage? The fact that a musician can only develop herself, when playing with other musicians or in front of an audience, is something Alexandra Lehmler realized quite early. She was a member of youth jazz orchestras of the federal states Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg and played in the elite institution “Bundesjazzorchester” (official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany under Peter Herbolzheimer) from 2002-2004.
Since 2000 she is keeping her own band, with which she is successfully on the road at home and abroad for many years. Meanwhile four CDs have been released from the “Alexandra Lehmler Quintett”: “Sundance”, “Die Welt von unten gesehen”, “No Blah Blah” and “Jazz Baby”. The debut album “Sundance” from 2007 has promptly been nominated for the “Quarterly Critics’ Award of the German Record Critics’”.
Also the latest release „Jazz Baby“ has been nominated for the “Quarterly Critics’ Award of the German Record Critics’”.
In 2014 Alexandra Lehmler has been awarded with the jazz price of Baden-Württemberg for her artistic work up to now.
The „Alexandra Lehmler Quartet“ forms the centre of her creative activity, here she can fully implement all her talents as musician, composer and band leader. With this however, her working days are not over yet: Alexandra Lehmler regularly plays at big theatre productions inter alia at the national theatre in Mannheim and does jazz projects for kids. In 2012 the saxophonist has been chosen for the “Bundeswerkstatt Jazz”(experimental ground of the german jazz scene). On behalf of the bands in which she also regularly appears, the Tango-Jazz-Latin-Band “Netnar Tsinim” is to be mentioned.
Not only at home does the mother of three take care for her offspring, but also teaches at the district school of music in the Rhein-Pfalz district. Alexandra Lehmler is a known quantity in the Rhein-Neckar area by now: she is a member of the IG Jazz Rhein-Neckar, where she organized the “Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis” (New German Jazz Price) for a long time. She is a founder member of the “Hermann Art Kollektiv”, which is an association of musicians and literature-and film creators, who aim to mix jazz with other artistic genre. In 2014 already the second “Hermann Art Festival” took place.
A life in Jazz, Baby!