woodwind musician, composer
Alex Coke (born 1953, Dallas Texas) is a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. He graduated with his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in
1976, with emphasis on flute performance. An original member of the Austin-based Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Coke performed with Tina Marsh in various formations for over 25 years. Before moving to Amsterdam in the early '90's he received several local Austin awards including:
1988-1989 Best Jazz Band, Austin Chronicle Music Awards
(Chris Duarte and Justus)
1990 Best Saxophonist, Music City Critics Poll/Austin Texas
1990 Best Jazz Bands Music City Critics Poll/Austin Texas
(Countenance #1, and Worthy Constituents #3)
1990 Best Unsigned Bands Musician Magazine
(Countenance, and Worthy Constituents)
2010 Austin Chronicle Music Awards Hall of Fame Nominee.
From 1990-2000 and then again in 2011-2013, he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor at heart, Coke's eclectic attitude has led him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter. His flute studies have ranged from Eric
Dolphy to Indian ragas on the bamboo flute to extended flute techniques such as those
researched by Robert Dick, Ann LaBerge and Wil Offermans.
Coke's multifarious bands include the Live Action Brass Band, the Leadbelly Legacy Band, New
Texas Swing, and his post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents, a collaboration with longtime
partner, pianist Rich Harney and with Martin Banks on trumpet.
In 2015, The Worthy Constituents released WC '13, a quartet CD of original compositions.
Coke's release, entitled "Wake Up Dead Man/Iraqnophobia," features two large group compositions commissioned by Tina Marsh and The Creative Opportunity Orchestra. It was
recorded in the fall of 2004 on the VoxLox label which spotlights humanitarian and ecological causes.
"Wake Up Dead Man" was featured in Forum Theatre on The Death Penalty at The Eye & Tooth Festival in Austin, where Coke was a panelist in March 2009.
Coke's recording, Its Possible, recorded in 2007,
features duos and trios with Tina Marsh and Steve Feld
and is also on the Vox Lox label.
In addition, Coke has worked with Gerald Wilson, Charles
Tolliver, the Paradise Regained Orchestra ,Trio Henk de Jonge, Burton Greene, Anton Goudsmit, David Krakauer's Abraham, Inc, and award winning poet Carolyn Forche. He has also been heard
with the Alejandro Escovedo, John Jordan Trio, the Mysterious Quartet From Helsinki featuring Chris Duarte, Maryann Price, Rob Verdurmen's Double Drummer Bill, Oliver Rajamani, The Greezy Wheels on the CD HipPOP and many, many others.
Coke has composed many original works thoughout the years for his own projects and various groups including:
Aanya Arts Library
The Worthy Constituents
Creative Opportunity Orchestra
New Texas Swing
Carl Smith Tentet
Labor of Love
Based now in both Amsterdam and Austin,
Alex Coke is available for gigs, collaborations, commissions, recordings and workshops.
Please visit Www.xs4all.nl/~alexcoke
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