His late older brother, a collection of Reader’s Digest classical music sets, twenty popular songs and a strong dose of humour are among the ingredients that were thrown together to create one of South Africa’s finest jazz pianists, composers and producers today.
His desire to learn the piano was sparked when a much younger Ramon Alexander listened to and tried to emulate his older brother playing. At age ten, he finally began taking lessons and – although he never played any formal piano exams – he eagerly learned to read music. He credits those lessons, along with his parents’ collection of Reader’s Digest classical piano recordings, for his love of classical music. “Classical music is my first great love. That’s what I loved listening to and playing before I started playing jazz.”