Alain Sullivan

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Jazz Studies

Alain Sullivan is a jazz saxophonist and woodwind instrumentalist who recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in jazz studies, as well as biomolecular science this past fall 2020. While attending the University, he had the opportunity to study with Andrew Bishop, as well as Ellen Rowe, Dennis Wilson, Robert Hurst, and Andy Milne, among countless other esteemed professors and musicians throughout his classes. Additionally, he was a member of the Stockbridge Research Lab, dedicated to studying the evolution and biochemistry of drug resistance in bacteria. Sullivan currently plays in the Ann Arbor-based funk group Sabbatical Bob.


Alain Sullivan has had the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of jazz, funk, and R&B settings. He has played in several University-led musical pit orchestras as well. Sullivan was a 2018 National YoungArts winner in jazz, as well as a finalist and third-place winner in the North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Jazz Competition. Sullivan also served as the inventory manager and treasurer for the Blue Bop Jazz Orchestra, a student-led club dedicated to big band jazz performance. As part of the Stockbridge lab, Sullivan wrote an honors thesis on his work, graduating with honors in both of his fields.