Alex Gabriel McKanze is not your typical tour guide. Born and raised in the Paris suburbs, he identifies himself as Italian American with French culture (the American side, since it does really exist, is German, British and Cherokee). He speaks five languages fluently — English, French, German, Italian, Spanish — as well as a little Portuguese and Latin.
A 22-year-old with great ambition, McKanze speaks of his love for the “rhythm” of the city — productivity. To him, New York is work work work, and he love it. He doesn’t know where his music will take him, but he is more than okay with that. He just wants to play.
I love it [Jazz]. It’s always new and it’s endless combination. And it’s also because you catch a moment that’s unique. Every time it’s different. I do not play the same song twice.
Check him out tonight 8 p.m. at Radegast Hall & Biergarten (113 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY)
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Listen to his music https://soundcloud.com/