​​​​​​​​Competitively selected for these festivals and received the following recognition:

All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble. Tenor saxophone, National Association for Music Education - selected as 1 of 2 tenor saxophonists nationwide - performing at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN (2014). Conducted by Robert J. Baca, Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

All-State Jazz Ensemble. Tenor sax, Vermont Music Educator’s Assn. (2014 & 2015). Opened for The Wayne Shorter Quartet at Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

16th Annual University of Massachusetts High School Jazz Festival. Winning ensemble (Essex H.S., VT). 1st tenor and leader of woodwind section. Guest judge was Kenny Garrett (2014).

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Ed Bemis Scholarship, awarded to the outstanding high school jazz musician in Vermont (2015).

New England Music Festival Association, alto saxophone in Band (2014).

Vermont Music Educator’s Assn. District III Music Festival, 1st  Chair, alto saxophone (2012 & 2013).
Need a versatile saxophonist for your event, recording or lessons? I'm Alec Zieff​, based in Dallas/Fort Worth. I play in all genres, from jazz to blues, funk to rock, and classical to country. I'll travel or work with you online! ​Let's discuss performances or lessons!
802.734.9244 or Alec@AlecZieff.com


Alec Zeff at Red's Yard



Tenor, alto, soprano and baritone sax since 2006: 

​University of North Texas, College of Music (majored in Jazz Studies and Applied Jazz Saxophone).

Interlochen Center for the Arts, High School Jazz Summer Program
studied saxophone under Bill Sears (received merit scholarship).

Dr. Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop, Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin, where I studied classical saxophone with world-renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau (received merit scholarship).

Berklee College of Music,Day Sessions, Boston, MA (summer 2011).

​​​​​​​​​​​I have performed with these gifted 


​​          Album - "Paper Soldier" by Astro James (2020): Sax on "I Just Want to Believe," etc. (listen here).

         Album - "Deep Into the Trees" by Band of the Land (2019): Tenor sax on "Love is Strong," featuring "A swarm of some of Vermont's finest musicians." Album Review, Seven Days, Nov. 6, 2019 (listen here).

          Jordan Kahn Music Co:

Sax with leading luxury entertainment specialists serving clients across the globe (visit here). 

Beauty Industry: Dynamic Denton, TX, jazz/pop/everything band (visit here).

Addis: Featured guest saxophonist with Addis, dynamic Dallas jazz/fusion/world band (2019 - 2021; visit here).

Grundlefunk: Original songs painted with funk and jazz hues, best described as a cross between Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power. My gigs included playing tenor sax at the 2017 Vermont Brewers Festival and other events (2014-2017).

The Real Deal: This extraordinary  group debuted at Burlington  Vermont's Discover Jazz Festival in 2007. Since then, they have become a leading Soul and Funk band in Vermont.

WYSIWYG Festival, Burlington, VT: Tenor sax with "Dave Grippo and the Vermont Student All-Stars" (2014).

Essex High School Jazz Band, Vermont: 1st Chair, tenor sax (2011-2015). Director Joshua Pauly.