Alexa Birdsong has been painting and drawing exclusively for family and friends since the age of six. Now at the tender age of 47 she is honored to have her first public art showing.
“Spring” and “Second Line” were created in New Orleans where she lived for almost a decade. “Bluboy” was made in Harlem. An accomplished concert and festival producer, Alexa continues to be inspired by jazz.
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City Parks Foundation
Executive Producer, Central Park Summerstage
Director, Arts & Cultural Programs
2001 – 2007, New York, NY
Directed a full-time, year-round staff of 30 in the planning, programming and production of arts programs including: music, dance, theater, spoken word and puppetry throughout 100 New York City parks. Executive Producer of Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park and City Parks Concerts and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Responsibilities included: managing a $4,000,000 budget; directing all administrative, programming and production staff (150 seasonal employees); and supervising the development of all promotional materials for all programs. In 2007 season developed and launched two NYC-wide programs, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater.
1994 – 2001, Various Cities
Formed full-service artistic production company focusing on the programming, production and promotion of quality jazz, blues, pop and Latin music.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
ESSENCE Music Festival, New Orleans, LA
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
Grammy Award-Winning Artist Cassandra Wilson
National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
Aaron Davis Hall, New York, NY
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
1990 – 1994, New York, NY
As the founding Associate Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) responsibilities included: artistic programming and booking, stage production, advertising and budget management. Associate producer of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s (LCJO) Sony Records CD releases, “Portraits of Ellington” and also “They Came to Swing.” Tour Manager for 1st LCJO European booking. Coordinated JALC’s commissioning projects including Wynton Marsalis ‘s inaugural JALC commission, “In This House On This Morning” and the Pulitzer-prize winning “Blood on The Fields,” among other commissions.
Festival Productions, Inc.
1986 – 1990, New York, NY
Produced major jazz and blues festivals, special events, and press conferences nationally. Managed festival sponsorships for corporate clients including Mellon Bank, Phillip Morris, American Express, Hueblein Inc. and others. Responsibilities included: interacting with concert venue staff at all levels, talent booking, client management, festival budget reconciliation, sponsorship proposal development and writing, management of production staff. Produced concerts, festivals and special events at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre, Apollo Theater, all in NYC. Other venues included The Fox Theaters in Atlanta, St. Louis, Detroit; the Astrodome in Houston; Academy of Music and Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.
Bill Clinton’s Inaugural: “America’s Reunion On The Mall”; Winter 1996 – 1997 ; Artist Programmer and Associate Producer. Free outdoor music festival on the National Mall, Washington D.C.
Bill Clinton’s Inaugural: “America’s Journey On The Mall”; Winter 1992– 1993; Stage Manager. Free outdoor music festival on the National Mall, Washington D.C.
Cassandra Wilson’s Jazz At Lincoln Center Commission and Blue Note Recording “Traveling Miles “; Winter 1998; Production Coordinator.
Cassandra Wilson’s European Concert Tour ; Fall 1996; Tour Associate
Ed Bradley’s Memorial Service for Ed Bradley, CBS News Correspondent ; Fall 2007; Associate Producer. [ Riverstde Church, New York, NY] Nationally televised memorial service.
EDUCATION: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Bachelor’s Degree; 1984
Double Major: English and Politics
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
Freshman Year, 1978-79
References available upon request