Throwback: Alex Bugnon-Around 12:15 AM


Alex Bugnon moved to the United States from his native Switzerland in the ’80’s to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music after attending a music conservatory in Paris. He later relocated to New York City and found work as a backing musician for Keith Sweat, Patti Austin, James Ingram and Freddie Jackson and the connection to Jackson helped secure his first recording contract. “Around 12:15 AM” is from his first album Love Season and it managed to succeed commercially and have a steady presence on jazz radio. The album’s cover songs of The Gap Band’s “Yearning For Your Love,” Brenda Russell’s “Piano In The Dark” and the “Love Season” single endeared Bugnon’s smooth jazz to parts of the listening population that wouldn’t ordinarily listen to his chosen genre. Over the years he has released 10 albums and collaborated with artists like Angie Stone and his uncle Donald Byrd. Alex Bugnon’s last recording is 2009’s Going Home.