Alex Coke, born in Dallas, Texas, received his B.A. from the University Of Colorado at Boulder in 1976, with emphasis on flute performance. An original member of the Austin-based Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Coke has performed with Tina Marsh in various formations for over 25 years. Before moving to Amsterdam in the early ’90’s he received several local awards. From 1990-2000 he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group,the Willem Breuker Kollektief. An improvisor at heart, Coke’s eclectic attitude has led him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter. His flute studies have ranged from Eric Dolphy to Indian ragas on the bamboo flute to extended flute techniques such as those researched by Robert Dick, Ann LaBerge and Wil Offermans. Coke’s multifarious bands include the Live Action Brass Band, the Leadbelly Legacy Band, New Texas Swing, and his post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents, a collaboration with longtime partner, pianist Rich Harney with Martin Banks on trumpet. Coke and Harney have recently released a new cd of spirituals called "Soul Prayers." Coke’s recent release, entitled "Wake Up DeadMan/Iraqnophobia," features two large group compositions commisioned by Tina Marsh and The Creative Opportunity Orchestra.