Alto saxophonist, Samuel Cousineau is addicted to the moment. His music is high energy, powerful and it seems every time he plays, it’s as if it’s the last time he’ll ever touch the instrument. Cousineau is always looking for new ways of being fresh and is constantly reinventing himself. Cousineau, along with being an improviser, is also a writer. His music reflects his improvisation. His writing allows the music to grow organically and allows the musicians to be completely free and spontaneous. Drawing inspiration from many musicians including John Coltrane, David Binney, Jerry Bergonzi, Samuel Cousineau is able to bring all of these unique voices and create his own unique musical identity.
Cousineau has many projects. Some of the projects include the Samuel Cousineau trio which is made up of saxophone, bass, and drums, a chordless group that allows the music to evolve in ways that are harder with a chordal instrument. Cousineau also works at a local recording studio in Ottawa that does music for commercials. Cousineau is also an active musician in the Ottawa and Montreal area.
Cousineau did his undergrad at McGill University in Montreal where he studied with some of Canada’s great jazz musicians including Remi Bolduc, Donny Kennedy, Andre White and many others. Cousineau has also studied with Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Ted Nash, Dick Oatts, and many other great jazz musicians.
Cousineau is now completing his master’s degree in jazz performance at the University of North Texas where he is currently a teaching fellow.