Alex Dean, one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many years.
He has played and recorded with Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Phil Nimmons, the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Alex holds the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and he performed on their last five albums.
The Alex Dean Quartet/Quintet recordings include Dreamsville, Both Feet, and most recently, Kaitlyn’s Waltz. The latter was voted Best Jazz CD of 1994 by The Jazz Report and one of the Top Ten Jazz CD releases of 1994 by New York’s Village Voice. He was also voted Jazz Musician of the Year by the Toronto Star.
Alex is a widely respected private teacher and adjudicator in Canada and the U.S.