Alex Belhaj

Photo of Alex BelhajAlex Belhaj is a guitarist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he leads his own Crescent City Quartet and Quintet in addition to playing a variety of music including Ragtime, folk and his original music.  He also worked with the James Dapogny Quartet, Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band and guitarist Joe Summers before moving to New Orleans in 2015.


From 2015-2020, Alex lived in the Crescent City, where he worked with Duke Heitger, Steve Pistorius, Dr. Michael White, Orange Kellin, Tim Laughlin, Tom Fischer, David Boeddinghaus, Wendell Brunious, the Riverside Jazz Collective (which he co-led with Benny Amón and Kris Tokarski), Hal Smith's On The Levee Jazz Band, Benny Amón's New Orleans Pearls and Shotgun Jazz Band among many other great musicians and ensembles.  Alex is an outstanding interpreter of vintage Jazz guitar stylists like Johnny St. Cyr and Kid Ory's longtime sideman Bud Scott.

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Upcoming Shows

Belhaj & McIntyre

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North Star Lounge, 301 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Alex Belhaj and Erik McIntyre play intimate acoustic music on vintage guitars with swinging rhythm, sweet and haunting melodies, and an interweaving of joy and sorrow through improvisational conversations inspired by Blues, Jazz, and a plethora of early 20th century recordings. Their music is dynamic and never the same twice. Gentle voices searching for home.


Aaron Jonah Lewis's Ragtime Banjo Revival thrills and delights audiences with fresh arrangements of classic, novelty, and British ragtime pieces for cello, banjo and guitar, plus blues and early jazz fiddle music, centering the contributions and influence of Black American composers. The group creates a relaxed and enlivening space to experience popular music of the past and to connect with a greater sense of our shared cultural history. With a curious and optimistic spirit, Ragtime Banjo Revival educates and inspires, welcoming the newcomer and cultivating respect across the lines of difference.