Alexandre Côté
LEADER
SIDEMAN
BIOGRAPHY

Saxophonist, composer and arranger, Alexandre Côté completed a D.E.C. (Diploma of college studies) at
Cégep St-Laurent in 1994 where he specialized in jazz and pop music, with technical studies in
arranging. He then pursued a B.A. (1998) and a Master’s degree (2010) in jazz interpretation at McGill
University which he obtained with magna cum laude. His teachers were Rémi Bolduc, Janis Steprans, Frank
Lozano, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Kevin Dean, Jan Jarczyk and Joe Sullivan.

A professional musician for almost 20 years, he distinguished himself with the Bernard Primeau Jazz
Ensemble, Alain Caron Le Band, Alain Caron Big Band, L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus, Guy Nadon et le band du
Roi du Drum, the Montreal Jazz Big Band, the Montreal Jubilation Choir, the Lorraine Desmarais Big Band,
Normand Guilbault, Vic Vogel Le Jazz Big Band, Félix Stüssi and Ray Anderson, the Rémi Bolduc Jazz
Ensemble, the Denny Christianson Big band, Jazz Lab, the No Name Jazz Sextet, the Jean-Nicolas Trottier
Quartet and Big Band, among others, as well as many pop music artists.

His talent and versatility led him to tour Canada and several foreign countries. In 2002, Alexandre
attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop under the direction of Kenny Werner. In 2004, he
represented the Société Radio-Canada (CBC) within the European Broadcast Jazz Orchestra (EBU) in
Switzerland. He also perfected his playing with Chris Potter in New York in 2001, Pat Labarbera in
Toronto in 2005 and Donny McCaslin in New York in 2008. Alexandre’s versatility is well illustrated by
his contribution to nearly 40 albums so far. He is also a member of the teaching staff at Montreal Cégep
St-Laurent’s Music department.

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