Winner of both first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as "the next big thing in the jazz world" (CityTV News), "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), "sophisticated and accomplished" (The Toronto Star), as well as "genius" (La Presse, Montreal).
Alex has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Massey Hall in Toronto and ABC Studios in New York City. He has played and/or recorded with international jazz stars such as Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, Chris Speed, Dick Oatts, Tim Ries, Rich Perry and John Riley.
Alex has released four albums as a leader, including "Bridges," which was nominated for a JUNO award (Canadian Grammy) for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. The Ottawa Citizen recognized "Bridges" as one of the top ten Canadian jazz records of 2011, and honored Alex in the Article "Who makes the cutting edge for jazz in Canada?"
Alex is an accomplished composer with over one hundred original compositions and two film scores to his name. He was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award and was a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Classical Composer prize. He is releasing a book of solo guitar music in 2015 and has written extensively for string quartet, philharmonic orchestra, big band and various jazz ensembles.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto he was honored as the first jazz musician to have been awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the “student deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music.„ In addition to winning over a dozen other national and international music awards, Alex’s quintet was also a finalist in the 2011 Grand Prix de Jazz competition at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is a graduate of the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music and currently resides in New York City where he performs regularly as a freelance musician.