Alex Tompkins graduated from the Carleton University Bachelor of Music program in 2012 with Highest Honours. He is a regular performer in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas where he works both as a sideman as well as leads his own projects. Presently he is a member of the Beeched Wailers which performs original jazz compositions by local Ottawa composers and released its first EP in 2015 titled “The Johnson Lake Sessions”. Alex has also recorded with the the french jazz group Melanie E lead by vocalist Melanie Hartshorn-Walton as well as Trouble Clef lead by vocalist Katie Hurdon. Both groups have had long careers and participated in various music festivals. Along with his work as a sideman Alex leads his own jazz trio which performs regularly throughout the Ottawa and Gatineau area. The group features his original compositions as well as music from the standard jazz repertoire. He has performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Buckingham jazz festival and the Merrickville Jazz Festival as well as venues in Montreal and Toronto. Alex has been teaching guitar for more than a decade and is currently teaching at Long and Mcquade in Kanata where he teaches a variety of styles ranging from rock, metal, blues, classical, country, folk and jazz.