AFS Member Inducted into the Austin Jazz Society Hall of Fame!

Our members are AWESOME! We have to give a huge shoutout to member Alex Coke, as he was recently inducted into the Austin Jazz Society Hall of Fame. You may remember his fantastic session on improvisation at our 2020 virtual festival. Alex has been a huge part of the Austin music scene for years, and we are so proud of him! You can check out a recent performance here, and read his bio below!



Alex Coke is a Texas tenor, accomplished flutist, and composer based in Austin, Texas

and Amsterdam, Netherlands.


An improvisor at heart, his multifarious projects as bandleader include Live Action Brass Band, Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing, a jazz adaptation of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas In Wales, and the post-bop quintet, Worthy Constituents, a collaboration with longtime partner, pianist, and composer, Rich Harney.


Coke's eclectic attitude has led him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter, with flute studies ranging from Eric Dolphy to Indian ragas and the extended techniques researched by Robert Dick, Ann LaBerge, and Wil Offermans.


A native Texan, and featured soloist on numerous projects in the USA, The Netherlands, and Africa, Coke has had the honour of working with some of the world's most creative and diverse musicians, including Tina Marsh, The Creative Opportunity Orchestra, The Willem Breuker Kollektief, Reeds and Deeds, KlezEdge, Drummer's Double Bill, Gerald Wilson, Charles Tolliver, The Paradise Regained Orchestra, Trio Henk de Jonge, The John Jordan Trio, The Mysterious Quartet From Helsinki featuring Chris Duarte, Greezy Wheels, Steven Feld, The Anyaa Arts Collective, The Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra, White Denim, and many, many others.


In addition to many local music awards, his recording, radio, and TV credits are numerous. In 2019, Rock Tumbler Records and the Liminal Sound series released their first vinyl recording featuring Coke's compositions with a septet that included woodwinds, brass, 2 acoustic basses, concert harp, pedal steel, and drums.


In 2020, Alex was inducted into Austin Jazz Society's Hall of Fame, was awarded the Jazz at St James' A.D. Mannion Award, and was nominated for Texas State Musician.


His extensive discography includes recordings from Aardvark, BVHaast, CreopMuse, daagnim, VoxLox, El Negocito and other fine independent labels worldwide.


Check out his website at http://alexcoke.home.xs4all.nl/


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