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Jean Lessard started to play saxophone in the 1950's with the Al McGowan Big Band at stadiums, roller rinks and Canadian Legion halls in the Montreal area. Steady gigs with various groups at clubs such as the Casa Loma and television shows followed.

Jean started to build his big band library early on as he heard bands in the US and Canada. Jean has continued as a freelancer until the present day, and has by far the largest library of repertoire for large jazz ensemble in Quebec, and possibly in Canada, numbering over 5000 titles.






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