Saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist David Hazeltine perform at new Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center

The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center presents saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist David Hazeltine at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the “soft opening” of the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center’s new space at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. (side entry on Maple Street), along with with Seattle bass player Michael Glynn and Bellingham drummer Julian MacDonough.

One of the leading torchbearers of the hard and post-bop tenor saxophone, Eric Alexander competed in 1991 against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He has over 40 albums out as a leader and over 100 as a side man.

David Hazeltine has worked with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, the Faddis-Hampton-Heath Sextet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Louis Hayes Quintet, and Marlena Shaw, for whom he serves as pianist, arranger, and musical director. He was recently spotlighted on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” radio program on NPR. He is also a member of the band One For All with Alexander.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 for students, available at Village Books or contact Julian MacDonough, and or free for members of center. Details: julianmacdonough@hotmail.com.