The career of bassist Alain Caron begins at the age of 11 when he participated in an amateur competition. He then joined various groups to play popular top 40 music and American and French standards. At the age of 14, he was introduced to an Oscar Peterson record and he discovered the music that became his greatest passion, JAZZ.
It was in 1977 that Alain Caron met Michel Cusson and his group. Caron was then in the company of musicians of the same calibre that appreciated the foundations of jazz while having the will to innovate. They emerged in 1980, as the fusion jazz group UZEB.
In Montreal, in addition to playing with the band, Alain Caron began working in different recording studios and performing in jazz clubs. Although he considered himself a self-taught musician, he took a few private and correspondence courses before he went to the Berklee College of Music in 1979. During his time in Boston, he was put in touch with elite jazz musicians and began playing in Boston’s jazz clubs with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi and Bob Moses.
However, he decided to return to Montreal to devote himself almost exclusively to UZEB. The group recorded ten albums between 1981 and 1990. Over 400,000 copies were 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 WDR big band in Cologne,Germany, under the direction of Michael Abene.
To date, Alain Caron has released more than 20 records, either solo or with UZEB, as well as collaborating on some 50 albums of artists evolving as much in jazz, world music and pop artists. Winner of many awards, (including 11 Félix and Gemini), and the Oscar Peterson Award twice, Alain Caron was voted best bassist eight consecutive years by Jazz Report magazine.
Caron quickly developed a reputation as a master electric six string bass virtuoso. As such, he was invited to give master classes in most major cities worldwide. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate from the ‘’Université du Québec’’ in Rimouski.
In September 2016, Caron began a new career as bass teacher and head of the jazz master program at the Montreal University. Also, in 2016-17, a series of concerts was presented 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 a collaboration of nearly 10 years as the spokesperson for the Italian company of bass amplifiers Markbass, Alain participated in the announcement of the release of a second SIGNATURE amp ( http://www.markbass.it/product-detail/cmd-super-combo-k1/ ) at the prestigious NAMM show in California. In addition to being the spokesperson, Caron contributed to the conception and design of this amplifier.
After a 25-year absence, UZEB announced its return. In addition to the Montreal Jazz Festival where the tour took off, the famous power jazz trio also performed in France, Israel, Italy and Canada.
In July 2018, he was honoured to receive the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour awarded in Canada!