"Alex McArthur is damn good. She has the slight “sizzle” with the esses and the ability to smoothly glide from note to note.. And when I say 'glide'... I’m talking about the glissando and rubato of real blues and jazz singers. Alex McArthur is a treasure. She is the real deal"
- Peter Hall, Buffalo Rising
Alex McArthur is a dynamic jazz vocalist on the rise who uses her passion for creativity, storytelling, & authentic expression as her musical compass. With a warm soulful tone spanning multiple octaves, Alex performs an ever-growing, genre-crossing repertoire that is filled with unique and colorful depictions. Residing in Buffalo, NY, she regularly works with composers & musicians from many backgrounds, bringing stories to life & vocally painting pictures as truthfully as she is able.
Some of most recent achievements include giving a performance with the John Toomey Trio & giving a vocal jazz masterclass through the Virginia Arts Festival; singing with the Eastman School of Music’s orchestra & big bands under the direction of Jeff Campbell in a concert celebrating the music of Marty Paich; portraying Billie Holiday in a production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Musicalfare Theatre with pianist & friend George Caldwell (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Review, The Buffalo News).
Regularly including her own interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook in her performances, some of her favorite tribute concerts she has organized/been a part of have included the likes of Billie Holiday & Lester Young, Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly, & Stevie Wonder, to name a few. She enjoys taking well known songs from other genres & giving refreshing yet respectful interpretations that keep her audiences eager for what she'll sing next.
Winner in the JazzBuffalo Poll for Female Vocalist of the Year (2018, 2021, & 2022), Ms. McArthur performs at many venues and festivals in the Western New York Region (PAUSA Art House, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Artpark, Buffalo AKG Art Gallery, Sportsmen's Tavern, West Falls Center For the Arts, Larkin Square, Flying Bison Brewery, The Terrace at Delaware Park, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Queen City Jazz Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival).
Her appreciation for instrumental jazz and improvisation began at a young age, and aided in the formulation of her unique voice. She is a firm believer that the voice is an instrument, and can be utilized to tell a story in the same way as a horn or string instrument; she is unafraid to take chances.
Ms. McArthur knew she was meant to be an artist from the first moments she can remember, and took time in order to find her rightful place in music. Growing up in a diverse musical home, she was exposed to many genres regularly that contributed to her artistry. One’s surroundings influence a person more than we tend to realize; she’s eternally grateful for the ways in which her musical environment contributed to the person and musician she is today.
Alex's desire to vocally portray stories of many backgrounds lead her to study musical theatre and classical voice while attending University at Buffalo. She has her studies, mentors, and support system to thank for the development and connection to her voice that she has fostered since then.
When not performing under her own name, she keeps busy writing her own music, and working alongside musicians & friends on various projects (George Caldwell, John Bacon, Grace Lougen, "The Hang" with John Aaron Troy) - she is often times invited as a guest for a variety of performances in the Buffalo area. Still fostering a love for many art forms, she stays active within the theatre and choral communities in the greater Niagara region (Vocalis Chamber Choir, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Musicalfare Theatre, Starring Buffalo).