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

Pete Siers Kerrytown Stompers

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

Holding traditional jazz deep in their hearts, these musicians have a deep passion for the early formation of jazz in all of its aspects: culture, structure, improvisation, and virtuosity. Standing on the shoulders of his gracious mentors, Pete Siers is a proud recipient of the tutelage of fallen-but-not-forgotten greats such as Hazen Schumacher, James Dapogny, and Paul Klinger. Pete brings with him a stellar line-up to get the “stomping” underway: Dave Kosmyna (cornet and vocals); Ray Heitger (clarinet and vocals); Alex Belhaj (guitar and vocals); and Chris Tabaczynski (bass saxophone). Pete will be hitting it on the drums, of course, but also…the washboard!


When: SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 4-8pm Where: Vámonos! 4444 W. Vernor, Detroit What: Queer Square Dancing + Potluck w/Lindsay McCaw calling, Aaron Jonah Lewis on fiddle, Alex Belhaj on guitar, Rachel Pearson on bass, and special mystery guests sitting in (If you want to be a special mystery guest send Aaron a direct message.) Bring: Potluck foods with serving utensils, bring a bunch of friends and wear comfy shoes for dancing! (Dancing is optional, too -- it's 100% ok to hang out, eat, drink, enjoy the scene and socialize without dancing.) Parking: There are two free parking lots behind the space plus street parking $20 suggested donation -- If you don't have $20 we still want you to come in and join the party! If you can pay more than $20 please do, it helps a lot. Pay whatever you can. Cash bar As always: - All ages welcome - No one turned away for lack of funds - No experience necessary, all dances will be taught - No partner needed, no fancy outfits needed (though you're welcome to dress up however you like) "Why a queer square dance and not just a square dance?" We use gender inclusive language and we don't enforce any dress codes or other gender norms. We promote a culture of acceptance and discourage homophobia at our events. Everyone is welcome to attend, except for bigots and haters! Please note: We are creating a queer space where we can come together and celebrate each other’s unique expressions and experiences in community. Bring your open and welcoming hearts and keep respect and kindness in mind as you may see people expressing themselves freely!