Bassist Alain Caron was honored at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this past week with the prestigious Oscar Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a “Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in his country.”
The occasion marked the first time a musician won the award twice, as he first won the award as a member of UZEB in 1991. After the group disbanded, Caron launched a successful solo career.
“Thanks again to the Montreal International Jazz Festival for the Oscar Peterson Award,” Caron wrote on his Facebook page. “I was surprised, honored and deeply moved. Thanks also to the people who came to the concert last night, you were fantastic, I had a great time and finally to the fans who followed me since the very beginning and to the ones who joined on the way, without you this recognition would have never happened!”
The Quebec-born, fusion-jazz bassist has released eight studio albums as a band leader. He’s also lent his bass lines to many top bill artists including Leni Stern, Didier Lockwood, Michel Donato, Don Alias, Mike Stern, Tom Harrell and others.