|Birth Name||Alexander Zonjic|
|Stage Name||Alexander Zonjic||Born||1951|
|Years active||1966- Present|
|Music Genres||Light Jazz Classical|
|Labels||Heads Up International|
|Bob James’ band|
Alexander Zonjic (pronounced Zon-chick) (born April 30, 1951) is a professional flutist born in Windsor, Ontario, who performs both light jazz and classical compositions. Zonjic initially played guitar at age 9, and by age 15 he was lead guitarist in a local rhythm and blues band. Growing up in Windsor, Ontario and excited by all the music of the British invasion, he launched his guitar dreams at age nine and was playing lead guitar in an R&B band in high school. The story goes that at age 21, when Zonjic was home on hiatus from a rock tour, a stranger on the street who had seen him play guitar offered him a flute, for 50 dollars. Zonjic got it for nine. He bought the flute, which he found out a few weeks later had been stolen from his former high school. Zonjic kept it anyway, purchased some how-to-books, and practiced every day until he was proficient. “I liked how it looked in the case,” Zonjic recalls. “I saw mastering it as a challenge and found an immediate passion and all-encompassing desire to play it”.
At the age of 22, Zonjic auditioned at the University of Windsor, where he was accepted and studied the works of past masters such as Mozart and Bach. It did not take long for instructors to notice his gift with the flute. Upon graduation, Zonjic continued his studies under the tutelage of Ervin Monroe, principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. While still active as a performing guitarist, he began teaching flute privately. Zonjic credits the music of Hubert Laws and Herbie Mann as early influences that helped him find his own style.
Over the years, Zonjic has performed with orchestras nationwide, including The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Windsor Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Symphony Orchestra and many others. His classical career includes collaborating on three projects with Monroe: The Classical Album (1981), The Christmas-themed Pipers Holiday (1995) and Night (1997).
On the jazz side, while playing at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, Zonjic met Bob James, who was so impressed that he asked the young flutist to join his band. The collaboration began a decade’s worth of international touring in the 80s.
Zonjic has done performances at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Apollo Theater in New York City and has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
He also hosts a TV show every Saturday at 7:30 pm, Alexander Zonjic from A to Z, a weekly hour of great music and interviews featuring a special guest on WDAL Channel 38
- Doin' the D (Heads Up International, 2009)
- Seldom Blues (Heads Up, 2004)
- Reach for the Sky (Heads Up, 2001)
- Pipers Holiday (Hi-Falutin Music, 1995)
- Passion (Reprise Records|Reprise, 1993)
- Neon (Reprise, 1991)
- Elegant Evening (Inner City Records|Inner City, 1988)
- Romance With You (Optimism, 1988)
- When Is It Real? (1987)
- The Classical Album (1981)
- Alexander Zonjic (1978)