BIOGRAPHY OF ALAIN CARON
Bass player Alain Caron’s career began at the age of 11, when he entered an amateur competition. He later joined various groups to play the top 40 popular music and American and French standards. At the age of 14, he was presented with a record by Oscar Peterson and discovered the music that became his greatest passion, JAZZ.
It was in 1977 that Alain Caron met Michel Cusson and his band. Caron was then in the company of musicians of the same calibre who appreciated the basics of jazz while having the will to innovate. They were born in 1980, like the fusion jazz group UZEB.
In Montreal, in addition to playing with the band, Alain Caron started working in different recording studios and performing in jazz clubs. Although he considered himself a self-taught musician, he took some private and correspondence courses before attending the Berklee College of Music in 1979. During his stay in Boston, he was put in touch with elite jazz musicians and began playing in Boston jazz clubs with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi and Bob Moses.
However, he decided to return to Montreal to dedicate himself almost exclusively to UZEB. The group recorded ten albums between 1981 and 1990. Over 400,000 copies have been sold worldwide, with countless concerts in more than 20 countries. In April 2005 he was invited to participate in a series of performances and recordings with the prestigious big band WDR in Cologne, Germany, under the direction of Michael Abene.
Alain Caron has released more than 20 records, both solo and with UZEB, as well as collaborating on about 50 albums by artists who have evolved in jazz, world music and pop. Winner of numerous awards (including 11 Félix and Gemini) and Oscar winner Peterson twice, Alain Caron has been voted best bassist for eight consecutive years by Jazz Report magazine.
Caron quickly earned his reputation as a master of the six-string electric bass guitar. As such, he has been invited to teach master classes in most major cities around the world. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate from Rimouski’s “Université du Québec”.
In September 2016, Caron began a new career as a bass teacher and head of the jazz master’s program at the University of Montreal. Also, in 2016-17, he performed a series of concerts in Argentina and the United States, including a performance at the renowned “Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York.
After almost 10 years as spokesman for the Italian bass amplifier company Markbass, Alain participated in the announcement of the release of a second SIGNATURE amplifier at the prestigious NAMM show in California. In addition to being the spokesperson, Caron contributed to the conception and design of this amplifier.
After 25 years of absence, UZEB announced his return. In addition to the Montreal Jazz Festival, where the tour kicked off, the famous power jazz trio also performed in France, Israel, Italy and Canada.
In July 2018, he was honored to receive the Order of Canada, the highest civil award awarded in Canada!