There are two artists matching the name Eric Alexander. The first (born 1968) is an American jazz saxophonist, known for his sophisticated hard bop and post-bop style. Alexander began as a classical musician, studying alto saxophone at Indiana University in 1986. He soon switched to jazz and the tenor saxophone, however, and transferred to William Paterson University. Alexander first achieved fame by finishing second behind Joshua Redman at the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.