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Meet Alex Lattimore
Alex Lattimore is to music what Maya Angelou is to words. The two are inextricably linked. He might not be a household name yet but Alex is a musician with staying power. Recently, healthyblackmen.org caught up with Mr. Lattimore to discuss his musical beginnings, his solo career and latest project. Influenced by Luther Vandross, Alex told us how he got started in the biz.
As early as age 5, Alex (at the behest of his mother) took piano and trumpet lessons while also part of the youth choir ensemble at his home church. Subsequently, he had opportunities to perform with the Chicago Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Sherwood Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Roosevelt University Jazz Band, and the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Fast forward to Atlanta, Georgia, Alex worked with various local acts as a horn player (trumpet and flugel) and vocalist.
Now clearly an industry veteran, Alex found himself opening for and performing with the likes of everyone from Tina Turner, Luther Vandross to India.Arie and Kindred The Family Soul. The neo-soul wave saw Alex join Jiva, an Atlanta-based group among others.
In 2008, Alex made his debut as a solo artist with Promise, a soft and soulful collection of original music and covers. The track, Bernadette pays homage to his beautiful wife of the same name. Heavily influenced with the rhythm of bossa nova, the release found an international audience. Promise brought modest acclaim in Europe and Australia and was even in consideration for a Grammy nomination. Fans should know Alex Lattimore is hard at work on new project, he says, “it’s a contemporary, retro-boogie, jazz and R&B project, definitely more danceable.”
Follow Alex on Twitter @Alexlattimore.