Saxophonist, educator, composer

Alexander Kelsh is a musician who values groove, melody, and authentic, emotional performance over all else.


Alexander Kelsh is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator from Bellingham, Washington, and based in the Chicago area. He holds a master of arts in jazz studies from the University of Iowa (2023), where he studied with Dr Damani Phillips and served as a graduate teaching assistant in the jazz studies area. Prior to attending the University of Iowa, Kelsh graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, with a bachelor of musical arts (2020) studying with Dr Bob Miller.Kelsh strives to perform authentically and emotionally, focusing on groove and melody, no matter the setting or style, all the while developing his own voice and remaining a lifelong student of the music and the instrument.Aside from his professional endeavors, Kelsh has a passion for aviation, photography, marine biology, fishing, and the outdoors.



Kelsh teaches private saxophone lessons to students of all ages and levels, both in-person and virtually. Kelsh’s approach to jazz education is unlike some of the standards currently used in teaching the art and focuses on an authentic, feel/groove-based approach to the music, as it has always intended to be performed. With respect to the saxophone, his teaching style is pragmatic and straightforward, helping students to achieve their goals efficiently. In addition to his private studio, Kelsh’s teaching resume includes:- Group improvisation classes- Clinician, The Baltimore Jazz Project Summer Saxophone Workshops- Adjunct Applied Music Faculty, Whatcom Community College- Teaching assistant, jazz studies, The University of Iowa- Assistant Director, The Jazz Repertory Ensemble, The University of IowaFor information about lesson or clinic availability and rates, please send Kelsh a message using the contact button below.


For inquires regarding performances, private lessons, masterclasses or clinics, and all other requests, please fill out the form to send a message.