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Alain Bradette

Saxophonist, Alain Bradette, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. An accomplished performer, composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States. In 2004, two of Alain’s compositions were recognized by the prestigious Great American Song Contest: Montreal-Marseille took first place honors and A Bird’s Dream ranked second in the top five Outstanding Compositions in the jazz category. He has been both a sideman and a featured musician on several recordings and produced singer-songwriter, Serina Jung’s, second album Sparrows. Other musical collaborations include performances with The International Montreal Jazz Festival Orchestra with guest musicians Adam Makowicz and George Mraz, the Vic Vogel Big Band, Tiger Okoshi, at a Timucua Art Foundation event, and Quebec’s star, Pierre Flynn.

The youngest of eight children, Alain was exposed to many different styles of music, at an early age, from his siblings as well as his father who had an extensive collection of vinyls. He was introduced to alto and baritone saxophone in high-school at age 14, and showed an aptitude right away. When he was 15, he discovered Count Basie’s Big Band which had an enormous impact on him and a year later, was hired for his first professional studio session gig. After highschool, studied classical saxophone for two years at College St-Laurent. There, he performed with success in many competitions, both jazz and classical. After the college years, Alain pursued music studies at University Of Montreal, while working as a freelancer in different settings and styles of music. By then, tenor and soprano saxophones had become his instruments of choice. In 1998, Alain became, and still is, a full-time band member for Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, a permanent show located in Disney World, Florida.

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Whoa!! Double whoa!!! And, whoa again to the immensity of color, feeling, panache, & just overall utter jazz craft contained in the talent(s) of Orlando, Fla. based reedman Alain Bradette. Alain is a transplant from another great jazz oriented musical town... Montreal Canada. To the enormity of his artistry, I say an enthusiastic... Oui, Oui!! Alain plies his wares like a gifted polymath... And, in particular his lyrical sax jazz voice is firmly based in the classic bebop tradition. He represents an uncommon classical crossover style as he improvises for our instruction. His gentle, pleasing, and almost meditative music contains a mettle that is definitely worth seeking out. --George W

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