Pianist, organist, and composer Alexander Hawkins was raised in Oxford, England, where in his youth he studied classical music, focusing on organ, but soon became interested in jazz. After completing university, he returned to his hometown and became involved with Oxford Improvisors, working with musicians such as bassist Dominik Lash, with whom he would organize the Convergence Quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt. He was soon working with a wide range of British and international musicians. With his trio Decoy and with the venerable duo of bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble, which features his Hammond organ playing, he released two albums with multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. His style was built, without any attempt at imitation, on improvisational concepts from the whole history of the music, from Earle Hines and Art Tatum to Cecil Taylor and Marylin Crispell, and he collaborates with all manner of improvisers, spanning the generations from veterans such as Evan Parker, Trevor Watts, and Louis Maholo-Maholo to the more recent members of the scene including Shabaka Hutchins. He is also a composer of note and is deeply involved in examining the relationships between written and improvised music, including that of past masters, as evidenced by his collaborations with Marco Collonna, exploring the work of Eric Dolphy (Dolphy Underlined), and with Roberto Ottaviano, surveying the legacy of Charles Mingus (Charlie’s Blue Skylight).