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Update 02/09/2017


Update Feb 9, 2017

"Today is the first day of the rest of September"


"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, And today? today is a gift, That's why we call it the present." Babatunde Olatunji (I think)

CDs are available locally and through:
CD Baby
Cadence North Country (Many Willem Breuker and other European CDS are listed here too)
and of course at the performances.
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Saturday, February 11
Elephant Room w Tenor Madness
Red Young /B3, 
? and Alex Coke / saxophones
Brannen Temple /Drums
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX
Sunday, February 12
First Presbyterian Church
Contemporary Service - 8:45 AM

Started in 2001, this service reaches out to people who are looking for contemporary music and a weekly communion. Come ready to sing with a backup ensemble of guitars, piano and drums!

8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731

Playing with jai beaux 
Alex Coke Sax/Flute etc.
Chris Jones/upright bass
Jeannette Sutherland/Drums
Dick “Bobo” Norton on guitar/piano
(1890 Ranch Shopping Center)
1335 E. Whitestone Blvd T-140
Cedar Park, Tx 78613
512 528 5449
Their web site is:
Map is here:

Sunday, February 19
First Presbyterian Church
Contemporary Service - 8:45 AM

Started in 2001, this service reaches out to people who are looking for contemporary music and a weekly communion. Come ready to sing with a backup ensemble of guitars, piano and drums!

8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731

Thursday, February 23
Elephant Room w Derrick Becker
Derrick Becker /trumpet
Alex Coke / saxophones/flutes
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX

Saturday, Feb 25
Milano Cafe
Peggy Stern
Alex Coke

4601 Southwest Pkwy
Austin, TX 78735 5124286076

Sunday, February 26
First Presbyterian Church
Contemporary Service - 8:45 AM

Started in 2001, this service reaches out to people who are looking for contemporary music and a weekly communion. Come ready to sing with a backup ensemble of guitars, piano and drums!

8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731

Sunday, Feb 26
House Concert Blanco, Texas
Peggy Stern/piano
Suzi Stern/Voice
Alex Coke/ Winds

Tuesday, Feb 28
With Bob Hofnar
Carousel Lounge
1110 E. 52nd
Austin, Tx
(512) 452-6790

Heading North on I-35
Exit 51st St. move to right hand laneEnter Mueller Shopping Center At first intersection turn leftAt light turn left on 51st Street Proceed to light at Cameron Rd. and take right At next intersection (52nd St.) take right Carousel Lounge is the second building on left 

  Heading South on I-35

Exit 51st St. Left on 51st. over I-35 Left on Cameron Rd. Right on 52nd St. Carousel Lounge is the second building on left

Sunday Afternoon Jazz at
January 8th, 2017
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.
Performance 3:00 p.m.
Alex Coke Quartet
Alex Coke
Alex Coke - woodwinds
Rich Harney - piano/vocals
Daniel Durham - bass
Masumi Jones - drums

Sunday Jan 8
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
 8001 Mesa Drive
 Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 345-8866 

day Dec 31, New Years Eve!!!
Milano Cafe
Peggy Stern
Alex Coke
Tex Gortex
4601 Southwest Pkwy
Austin, TX 78735 5124286076

Friday Dec 30 -  Elephant Room w Tenor Madness
Red Young /B3, 
Mike Malone and Alex Coke / saxophones
Brannen Temple /Drums
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX
Wednesday December 28
Stay Gold
Alex Coke's Live Action
then guesting with:
Bob Hoffnar & The Mood Illusion
1910 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702

Sunday December 25 Special Chistmas show!!!!!!!!
Alex Coke/Rich Harney
Worthy Constituents
Alex Coke, Rich Harney, Masumi Jones, Daniel Durham
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX
Sunday December 18 First Presbyterian Church
Contemporary Service - 8:45 AM

Started in 2001, this service reaches out to people who are looking for contemporary music and a weekly communion. Come ready to sing with a backup ensemble of guitars, piano and drums!

8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78731

Sunday, December 18, 2016
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Christmas Concert
First Presbyterian Church
Where: Sanctuary A concert of lessons and carols featuring readings, the FPC Chorale, ProMusica Handbells, and the Early Service Ensemble. Bring friends neighbors and especially yourselves to hear the stories and song's of Christ's birth.

Sunday December 18
As a guest with Paul Klemperer's 4th Annual Festivus Celebration!
Where: Kickbutt Coffee, 5775 Airport blvd.
Tickets: $10

Every year, Austin saxophonist Paul Klemperer puts on a gala holiday event featuring music, dance, and spoken word, in a lighthearted celebration of the season. It's also a benefit for Austin Children's Shelter, a group with a good track record of helping at-risk kids, victims of abuse, and families in crisis.

Saturday, December 17
With Rich Harney at Desiderata Estates Wine Bar in Lockhart, Texas
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Desiderata Estates Wine Bar
115 N. Main
Lockhart, TX 78644 United States

Saturday, December 17
Central Market
4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

6:30 - 9:00 PM
Blackbird 3 + Friends
Big Christmas Show w/ guest musicians throughout!

Sunday Sept 18
Jazzengel featuring Alex Coke
Sun 4:30-7 PM
Café De Engelbewaarder
Kloveniersburgwal 59
1011 JZ Amsterdam

TUE 20 Sept 2016
 21:00 h
Zaal 100 (Amsterdam) - All Ellington
'Jazzcafe at Zaal 100
Show: 21.00 h. Entrance fee: Ř5,--
Address: De Wittenstraat 100 (tram 10 stop De Wittenkade)

On Sunday 11th, September

International Day of Peace 2016
015ˇ000Till 022:000
at Oude Luthers Kerk ( Singel 411 at Spui )
Music and Story
The Cross Drums by Meshake Asare
Tracy Weiman
Alex Coke
Linus Klienlosen
Oliver Emmitt
Ayumi Matsada
Arjen Gorter
George Hadow

organizers web site:!concept/k35t2


A sextet of musicians from Holland and the USA, with roots in postbop, avantgardeī, and orchestral jazz, have joined forces to form a truly stellar ensemble to play the compositions of the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

You can hear Reeds and Deeds in concert as part of the 2016 ZomerJazz Fiets Tour
Saturday August 27th
in Groningen
at 1:15 and 2:30pm
on Route 1 of the tour at venue Schurr Hans.
For tickets please visit:

Reeds and Deeds features
Frans Vermeerssen
Alex Coke
Bo van de Graaf
Michiel Braam
Arjen Gorter
Makki van Engelen

Reeds & Deeds originated as a one-off happening dedicated to the music ofRahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935- December 5, 1977), a passionate and inventive improviser, who often played multiple saxophones at the same time.
Kirk was a gifted composer who wrote soulful, catchy themes. Renowned for his onstage vitality, where his virtuosic improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously, Kirk inspired many musicians in the US and The Netherlands, although his works are not often performed live.

Saxophonist Bo van de Graaff is a great admirer of the music, along with both Alex Coke and Frans Vermeerssen who had each previously released albums with Kirk's music. (Vermeerssen 1995 project resultied in his quintet's famous album One for Rahsaan and Coke was the featured soloist with Austin Jazz Workshop's 2009 Kirk program, performing more than100 live dates and recording Mystery Note). For a 2015 performance at the Bimhuis, Coke and van de Graaf assembled an all-star band with Vermeerssen, bassist Arjen Gorter, drummer Makki van Engelen and pianist Michiel Braam where the idea found an enthusiastic audience.
In the spirt of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's own Bright Moments! and in honour of a great American jazz musician, Reeds and Deeds, referring to an eponymous 1963 album recorded by Kirk, was born.
Reeds and Deeds

For bookings and more info about Reeds and Deeds :
+31 620 08 04 22(

More Information: http://


20.00 - 23.00 UUR
Wijkcentrum de Bolder centrum
Groenhof 140
1186 EX
tel. 020 6471509

Alex Coke-flutes and saxophone
Arjen Gorter-double bass
Leo Bouwmeester-piano
Het wordt een interessante avond voor de echte jazzliefhebbers met een smaak voor improvisatie. It will be an interesting evening for the real jazz lovers with a taste for improvisation. Deze avond zult u hem meemaken met kompanen: Bassist Arjen Gorter en pianist Leo Bouwmeester This evening's experience is with mates bassist Arjen Gorter and pianist Leo Bouwmeester.

Wijkcentrum De Bolder is te bereiken met Metro 51 – halte Sportlaan. En met buslijnen 199 en 66 – halte Winkelcentrum Groenhof. Er is voldoende vrije parkeergelegenheid

The Bolder community center is accessible by Metro 51 - stop Sportlaan. And bus routes 199 and 66 - stop Greenwood Mall. There is ample free parking


Sunday, 8 May 2016

4 PM
Museumhoeve Overslot
Slotweg 42
Egmond a/d Hoef
Klez-Edge is:

Alex Coke-saxophones and flute
Larry Fishkind -tuba
Roberto Haliffi -drums and percussion
Burton Greene -piano, compositions and arrangements

From Burton Greene:
If you haven't heard this band yet, you're missing a real treat..
There's no one like us on the whole klezmer scene...
Come down to our favorite art gallery -

sunday MARch13
Jazzengel featuring Alex Cloke, Linus Kleinlosen & Michael Vatcher
Sun 4:30-7 PM Š 
Café De Engelbewaarder Š 
Kloveniersburgwal 59
1011 JZ Amsterdam

Sunday March13
Andreas Kuhne 5tet
Address: Zeedijk 4-8, 1012 AX Amsterdam
6 Phone: 020 427 0551

Sunday, March 20th
Burton Green Klez Edge
4--7 PM
1052 BA Amsterdam
call: 020-6880127

TUE 22 MAR 2016
Zaal 100 (Amsterdam) - Coke, Martinsson, Hadow, Straz, Spaargaren
Strange dudes on a mission: free music for your ears only.
'Jazzcafé' at Zaal 100
every Tuesday evening (except July and August)
Show: 21.00 h.
Entrance fee: Ř5,--
Address: De Wittenstraat 100 (tram 10 stop De Wittenkade), 

Sunday Dec 13
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
 8001 Mesa Drive
 Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 345-8866 

Friday Dec 18

With Rich Harney- piano
Desiderata wine bar
Main street on the square In Lockhart
8-10 pm

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Come One & All...Welcome The season of Peace and Good Will with Friends, Splendid Music, and a Classic Tale.... -A Childs Christmas In Wales- Saturday, December 19, 2015 2 Shows! 4:30 and 7:30pm First Presbyterian Church--8001 Mesa Drive Austin, TX Gen admission $15--Seniors $10--Kids $5

Gather 'round to greet the season and enjoy a live action reading of Dylan Thomas' sparkling holiday tale, A Child's Christmas In Wales, with Texas jazz musicians Suzi Stern, Rich Harney, & Alex Coke. From the lovely sanctuary of Austin's First Presbyterian Church, these old Austin friends (and award winning musicians), illuminate the author's Christmas memories like an old time radio hour with Story, Song, Sound, & Surprise!

An enchanting Austin annual event, we're hoping you'll join us this year again ~or for the very first time~ along with friends and family in the spirit of the holidays. Doors open 30 minutes before each show, there's plenty of free parking and we'll have CDs on hand to help you find that perfect gift. All are welcome and we'd love to see you there!

Sneak Peek Sounds here.
FB here

Sunday Dec 20
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
 8001 Mesa Drive
 Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 345-8866 

Sunday Dec 20

With Meta Clara at
Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Road Austin, TX 78721 (512) 927-0700

December 25, 2015

Worthy Constituents Christmas Edition!

Elephant Bar
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Cool Jazz for the evening of
December 25 2015
Full Bar, over 20 different Drafts and Wine by the Glass.

Saturday, December 26

CM Westgate from 6:30 - 9 p.m
Los Americanos
Estrella Acosta-voice
Alex Coke-reeds
Gabriel Santiago-guitar
Mike Longoria-percussion

WestGate Shopping Center
Address: 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
Telefoon:(512) 899-4300

Sunday Jan 3
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
 8001 Mesa Drive
 Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 345-8866 

Sunday Jan 10
First Presbyterian Church of Austin
 8001 Mesa Drive
 Austin, TX 78731
Phone: (512) 345-8866 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Nijmegen BReBL
Reeds & Deeds

American jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously. Also did he write numerous beautiful compositions, such as "The Inflated Tear", "A Laugh for Rory", "Many Blessings", "Vertigo", "Limbo Boat" and "Gifts and Messages". The way he approached music, combining tradition and renewal, in a way like Charles Mingus did, inspired many musicians in the US and The Netherlands. Frans Vermeerssen did a whole project around Kirk's music back in 1995, resulting in his quintet's famous album "One for Rahsaan". The Reeds & Deeds project refers to a 1963 album recorded by Kirk and is honoring one of the great American jazz musicians.


Frans Vermeerssen saxes, Alex Coke saxes, flute, Bo van de Graaf saxes, Michiel Braam piano, Arjen Gorter double bass, Makki van Engelen drums.

do. 10 sept. vr. 11 sept. za. 12 sept. zo. 13 sept.
Harde Handen Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen 
Met Loes Lucas

Friday August 21
Teatro Munganga in Amsterdam!
Paulinho Paes - guitar
Alex Coke - flute/sax
Estrella Acosta vocals.

Thursday 20 August 2015
Sail Amsterdam.
20.00 - 21.00.
Steve Galloway Big Band

Sunday 19 July
4--6:30 PM
 Klez-Edge is again performing at one of our favorite venues:
 Museum Hoeveoverslot in the nice village of Egmond a/d Hoef,  Slotweg 42.

 For years this is a great venue of the Bergen Art community.  Beside the music in the great open barn there's an amazing collection in the gallery behind of ancient artifacts and a sea shell and fossil collection from all over the world..  A very special place.. one of a kind!

Saturday July 4 Andreas Kühne 4tet
We'll play a couple of sets from 21:00 
The address of 'Skek is:
Zeedijk 4
Zeedijk 4-8, 1012 Amsterdam
020 427 0551

Sunday July 5 we have rescheduled our Klez-Edge concert at LJG Synagogue
Zuidelijke Wandelweg 41 in Amsterdam Zuid (South).  
We do it now on Sunday, 5 July, at 3PM. Hall opens at 2:30
The concert is open to everyone. 

New arrangements and compositions) of some timeless and great material by composers who have used Jewish themes or modes in their compositions. Highlights include "Yiddish Blues" (from 1919!),  John William's "Theme from Schindler's List",   A Wayne Shorter composition "Indian Song", extended and is now entitled "Indian Judaic Song",  "Jews and Gypsies Suite II", "Araber Tants" (early 20th century Jewish composition--a tribute to Arab Culture).  Harold Arlen (Hyman Arluk) and Truman Capote's piece: "A Sleepin Bee",  the dynamic Chassidic pieces "Nigun--Zhuritze Chlopotzi", and "Ketsad M'rakdin", and 2 lovely pieces from Fiddler On the Roof:  "Sabbath Prayer', and "Sewing Machine". We are a pioneer in Klezmer/Balkan/Jazz.. (Since 1989).   Come out and enjoy a hopefully nice sunny summer's day with Klez-Edge!

We will also perform this program in Gallery Hoeveoverslot in Egmond a/d Hoef on 19 July.. (An info on this will come later.)  


Coming to Austin Texas in May 2015.... More Info TBA........


The new CD by Phola Mamba is out and availible at CD Baby.
Jacko Schoonderwoerd is playing bass and Stéphane Puc is featured on the accordian.

As one might guess with the title "Not a Word", the songs on Glenn Fukunaga’s 6 song EP are solely instrumental, but each and every instrument sings. As is to be expected from Austin’s premiere bass player, bass is what drives these tracks, from the electric, to upright, fretless, and acoustic. With such expressive and melodic bass lines, you won't miss the standard guitar, though you may delight to find there’s even a touch of Glenn's first instrument, the ukulele.

Though wordless, each track evokes a deep and powerful conversation between musician and listener. Whether telling the story of the dark side of the tourist-friendly Hawaiian luau, expressing a father’s love for a lost son, commenting on the coming together of the human race, tipping a hat to Miles Davis or just plain having goofy fun, these jazz flavored soundscapes throw the usual musical rules out the window. You won’t hear the typical walking bass lines - up to the 4 or down to the 6 minor that Glenn has played in hundreds of sessions before. Glenn allowed his fellow musicians, Joel Guzman on keys, Dony Wynn on drums and percussion, Alex Coke on woodwinds and Kevin Flatt on brass the freedom to add their voices to the conversation.

Recorded and mixed by Bradley Kopp at Red Boot Ranch Studio in Austin, TX, and mastered it by David Glasser from Airshow in Boulder, CO, “Not a Word” speaks in the universal language of music, and has a lot to say. If you sit back and listen with your eyes closed, you can’t help but understand.

Read the Austin Jazz Alliance CD review at : 474-2500


There's film about Abraham Inc at la Villette just posted to youtube. I was on this gig and it was smokin'!


Several reviews have came to my attention.


Alex Coke on listening and the possibility of sound

Austin jazz player makes new aural landscapes 'It's Possible'

By Brad Buchholz
Monday, October 06, 2008

While living in Amsterdam in the 1990s, Austin jazz musician Alex Coke was constantly pedaling around the city on his three-speed bicycle. But as much as he loved music, Coke could never understand why so many people on the street were plugged into Walkman players. What could be more beautiful, he thought, than the exotic music of the streets, the sounds of the city?

"It was the coolest thing, hearing everything with a Doppler effect as you moved along on the bike," says Coke, one of Texas' most distinguished flute and saxophone players. "You hear this kind of hissing as you move through the environment, along a busy street, past a canal. You hear a boat horn, a car horn, another bike bell, the snatch of a conversation. I just loved that. It's organized sound.

"You can make a case that it's art. Or that it isn't. But the experience is very John Cage, in that it makes you open up and hear things. To truly listen."

Coke's love of sound - and the exotic blending of sounds - is most evident on "It's Possible," a new album of acoustic improvisational music (on the Voxlox label) featuring Austin vocalist Tina Marsh and renowned African-style percussionist Steve Feld in duo and trio settings. Coke refers to it as an "art" record (as opposed to a "commercial" one), and for good reason. "It's Possible" colors way, way outside the lines in the way it blends world music textures with avant garde sensibilities, bounces back and forth between the literal and the abstract, accentuates the display of sounds as it eschews traditional soloing. And yes, it even allows Coke to crash a voice-and-flute party on one cut with his impressive array of whistles and squeaky toys.

"When (the Web site) CD Baby asked me to list a genre for 'It's Possible,' I said something like 'free improvised world music jazz - or something - with vocals,' " says Coke, who comes across like a hip and happy, free-thinking professor of creativity, his tousled hair streaked with gray. "I think the label they chose was 'jazz vocalese.' And that's kind of true, just as you wouldn't be wrong to call it small group jazz ... or avant garde jazz ... or atonal ... "

In many ways, "It's Possible" replicates the sensation of stepping off the bus in a foreign land where you are surrounded by a swirl of exotic sounds and cadences. It can be disorienting at first. But in time, you begin to recognize a certain beauty in that confluence of sounds and cadences, begin to appreciate certain patterns in them, or maybe find yourself humming to new music you hear in them — even while acknowledging that you don't always understand the sounds.

On the album's opening cut, Marsh sings lyrics improvised from Antonio Machado poetry as Feld creates loping, savannah-style soundscapes on a "bass box" - an African thumb piano that sometimes (as Townes Van Zandt might say) sounds like tuned "rain on a conga drum" or an exotic stand-up bass. Meanwhile, Coke plays swirling passages on flute that at certain moments suggest wildness and open sky. Then a new song comes - and things really get wild.

"It's Possible" often suggests climates, environments: wind, humidity, the buzz of insects, the moan of the earth, the human moan of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." Coke wanted a concise feeling to the 15 compositions; none is longer than five minutes. On several songs, the musicians improvise in the studio as they listen to environmental source material — say, the buzz of a rainforest or the call of frogs or a tolling bell. For the finished album, the original tapes of the frogs and forest have been removed, leaving only the three musicians (vocal, reed, percussion) playing together in a fashion that sometimes suggests free-jazz chamber music. "We've been working a lot, when the time comes to solo, on the idea that we play together — that we all solo together," says Coke, who is clearly fascinated by diminishing or reinterpreting the notion of "foreground" and "background" in jazz playing. "I'm trying not always to be in the foreground all the time, but to be a part of the music."

"It's Possible" ... but is it jazz? Maybe. Maybe not. It's certainly not bebop, or background music. Engaged listening is virtually required. "It's Possible" is in many respects its own musical art gallery — a sequence of installations or paintings that invite listeners to interact with it and project their own narratives onto it. It's hard to imagine all but three or four cuts (such as the exquisite "Secret Love," which presents the American standard beneath shimmering African starlight) standing a chance on most jazz or noncommercial stations; the strength of the album is in the whole of its vision. And for all its organic and acoustic soul, for all the play and puns within the music and on the CD cover, it will be for many an acquired taste.

"I'm not interested in being a preservation society," Coke likes to say, suggesting it's hard to honor the spirit of jazz by holding too fast to its tradition or in trying too hard to emulate its most popular formulas. "The tradition I'm trying to hold down is to express myself. John Coltrane was never a copy. Neither was Coleman Hawkins or Ben Webster or Ella Fitzgerald. All of them were expressing themselves, for better or for worse. Whether people like the music or not, there's really nothing else you can do.";


Bill Barton of KBCS has listed Austin Jazz Workshop Plays Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Mystery Note, AusJazz Music to his Top Ten list.








Texas Platters






Jeff Lofton Quartet

Jazz to the People

Trumpeter Jeff Lofton hits the bull's-eye on this sterling local debut that digs a deep groove regardless of tempo. Since coming to Austin from South Carolina several years ago, Lofton has been omnipresent on the scene. Never bashful of his admiration for Miles Davis, he's crafted a sound largely around Davis' formative quintet of the late 1950s. It's a sound that embraces the blues and swings passionately whether riding herd on originals "Shana's Song" and "Mouth of Gabriel" or cozying up to chestnuts "Crazy" and "Georgia on My Mind." Lofton reinforces the Miles connection with the deft use of muted trumpet on soulful strutters "Headless Blues" and "A.I.M." Highlight "Herbie's Time" blows reminiscent of Lee Morgan's Blue Note hits of the mid-1960s. Reinforcement from underappreciated pianist Red Young, who's superb throughout, and always formidable local saxman Alex Coke help make this a delightfully swingin' affair.



These from Downtown Music Gallery

Among the many pioneers on the Austin music scene, the Creative Opportunity Orchestra stands as one of the boldest and certainly the jazziest. Having involved more than 200 musicians over its 26 years, CO2 dared to cross the unknown frontiers of avant-garde jazz and improvisational music. Led by Texas Hall of Fame vocalist Tina Marsh, whose singing has been called "scat to the highest power," CO2 set out to break free of the pressures of commercial nightclub performance and explore composition and improvisation possibilities in a large-group format.

"Over the past few years, I've been getting promo discs from Tina Marsh and Alex Coke and realizing that there is yet another under-recognized scene in Texas that we all should know about. Tina Marsh and her CO2 Orchestra played at Roulette last week (10/3/08) word is that they were pretty amazing. Thanks to our friend, Diane Moser, Tina was kind enough to leave us with the three gems listed below. Time to dig in..."

>ALEX COKE/TINA MARSH/STEVE FELD - It's Possible (VoxLox 308; USA) Featuring Alex Coke on flutes, tenor sax & toys, Tina Marsh on voice & toys and Steve Feld on ashiwa bass box & more toys. Alex Coke was once a member of the Willem Breuker Kollektiev, but now lives in Austin, Texas, as does out/jazz vocal legend, Tina Marsh. The trio composed most of the pieces on this disc with covers by Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus plus a couple of standards. The title piece features the lovely, dreamy voice of Tina backed by magical thumb piano. "Frogs" features Alex's quietly twisted tenor with Tina's sublime scat vocals and more mesmerizing thumb piano. Ornette's classic gem, "Lonely Woman" features Alex's haunting flute and Tina's most hypnotic voice. The "Steve Lacy Suite" features more subtle vocal sounds, quiet fractured flute and delicate percussion. Alex's flute is extremely expressive and he is perhaps one of the finest flutists I've heard in years. Mingus' "Eclipse" features some strange Eastern reed instrument (a kaen?) along with Tina's poignant voice. At times it sounds as if Tina is singing in some invented language while still sounding completely natural or organic and always expressing her emotions effortlessly. "Deep River" sounds like a gospel song and Tina sings it just right with her lone voice and minimal percussion. What I dig most about this disc is that this trio uses minimal instrumentation and vocals to express so much. This sounds like one of delightful late night listening gems that we can warm up to with some fine cognac. - BLG

>TINA MARSH & CO2 - The Heaven Line (Creop 02; USA) Much in the same way that the finest classical composers of the 20th Century have been Russian, some of the finest big band leaders and arrangers of the last 50 years have been women. There is plenty of evidence to back up this statement. I submit: Mary Lou Williams, Maria Schneider, Carla Bley, Toshiko Akyoshi, Melba Liston.... Risking sexism, I find the compositions, arrangements and performances by women directed big bands to be more carefully thoughtful than that of their male counterparts. Granted music is music regardless of source; it would simply be naive to believe that nature has no effect. Tina Marsh, leader of the Texas-based Creative Opportunity Orchestra (CO2) is a case in point. Her arrangements and compositions are tamer than Sam River's Rivbea Big Band without being as stiff and didactic as Wynton Marsalis' LCJO. This characterizes the overall sound. Touted as "cutting edge mainstream", I prefer to consider her music as progressive big band, a kind of marriage between the avant-garde and postmodern classical. Marsh, like Bley, favors low brass in assembly and solos. She uses her voice in a creative Meredith Monk sort of way that is not unattractive. These two discs are populated by mostly original extended compositions by Marsh and various band members. The music is refreshing and interesting and off the beaten path. - C. Michael Bailey / All About Jazz

ALEX COKE - New Texas Swing (Creop 10; USA) Featuring Alex Coke on saxes & flutes, Tina Marsh on voice, Arjen Gorter on bass and John Betsch on drums. This gem was recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam in March of 1999. Both Alex Coke and Arjen Gorter have played with the Willem Breuker Kollectiev, while Paris-based drummer, John Betsch, was Steve Lacy's drummer of choice for many years during the 70's and 80's. Both jazz vocal sorceress, Tina Marsh and Alex Coke currently live in Austin, Texas. This was recorded at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, often the home for the Breuker Kollectiev and the ICP Orchestra. This fine international quartet cover an eclectic mix of songs by Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Huddie Ledbetter and David "Fathead" Newman, as well as a couple of original songs. Ornette's "Round Trip" opens this disc with Alex's tenor and Tina's fine voice harmonizing the theme superbly while the rhythm team spins magically around them. Alex switched to flute for the next section and takes an incredible solo while Arjen's bass pumps powerfully underneath. Both songs by Leadbelly are done in a righteous, gospel-sounding like way. When Tina's voice and Alex's sax or flute share the same note, they cast a magic spell, complimenting each other perfectly. They cover a song by another great Texan, David "Fathead" Newman and again, Alex takes a phenomenal flute solo. I am not sure if this rhythm team have ever toured or even played together previously, but they sound marvelous as they swirl tightly around the sax or flute and voice. One of the things that knocks me out about this quartet is that the vocals are an integral part and never take over. All of the material here is well chosen so that the entire quartet is always as one spirit. I must admit that I do appreciate but rarely listen to "jazz" vocals, yet here I find Tina Marsh's singing to be consistently captivating throughout. It also helps that she is a member of an extraordinary quartet that works together perfectly around and with her. - BLG

One at All About Jazz

Alex Coke on listening and the possibility of sound

Alex Coke on listening and the possibility of sound. Austin jazz player makes new aural landscapes 'It's Possible'. By Brad Buchholz ..

The Houston Examiner

Our own Austin Chronicle thanks to longtime supporter Jay Tractenberg.

Texas Platters

Jazz Sides


The new collaborative album from veteran Austin compadres Alex Coke, Tina Marsh, and Steve Feld, It's Possible (Voxlox), is fearless in its vision and certainly not for novices. Portions of this challenging set of improvised music are reminiscent of abstract sound collages from Chicago AACM pioneer Roscoe Mitchell, but reedman Coke and vocalist Marsh, who have dialogued musically for years and developed an intimate language, landmark recognizable touchstones ­ Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," Charles Mingus' "Eclipse," and Harry T. Burleigh's "Deep River" ­ to which they give their own unique spin. Their duos are augmented subtly by Feld's melodic and percussive ashiwa bass box, the four-tune medley "Steve Lacy Suite" a fitting tribute to an improvisational master and mentor.

"It's Possible" (Voxlox 308) is now available locally at Waterloo Records. It is also available at CD baby. You can order direct at:

The CD features Steve Feld, Tina Marsh and yours truly in various groupings doing mostly original compositions combined with a few covers of traditional tunes. The title, It's Possible, is the opening cut which is based on a poem by Antonio Machado. Rock Savage has designed the cool, paint by number cover art.


TWINK RECORDS has re-released JAMAD on CD. This is a recording of the popular band featuring, James Polk, Alex Coke, Martin Banks, A.D. Mannion and David Morgan that was originally released on cassette tape and has long been unavailable. Contact Dr. Polk or myself for copies.

Check out the VoxLox label website,, for information on new recordings and DVDs!

The Willem Breuker Kollektief has released a new CD. I play on the 1st cut.


Willem Breuker Kollektief


Vera Beths - violin

Koor Nieuwe Muziek / New Music Choir

1. Willem Breuker: New Pillars (in the Field of Art) December 1991 14'05" Willem Breuker (soprano saxophone)Andre Goudbeek (alto saxophone)Alex Coke (flute, tenor saxophone)Peter Barkema (tenor saxophone)Andy Altenfelder (trumpet)Boy Raaymakers (trumpet)Gregg Moore (trombone)Bernard Hunnekink (trombone)Henk de Jonge (piano)Arjen Gorter (bass)Rob Verdurmen (drums)Soloists: Arjen Gorter, Peter Barkema, Willem Breuker, plus Kollektiefimprovisation


I am also playing on the new DVD


A full disc of Willem Breuker:
History and Discography



The unorthodox composer Willem Breuker has written two striking, verydifferent oboe concertos for Han de Vries.Oboe concerto no. 1 Han de Vries is a typical solo concerto. Apart from acadenza and improvisations for the solo oboist, the piece also offers ad libroom for improvisations by members of the orchestra.


The Topographies of the Dark cd has been released as a soundtrack CD for an art catalog and some exhibitspaces for Virginia Ryan.


Recording projects with Michael J. Smith and the NOISE-TET are in various

stages of release.