Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Al McLean has resided in Montreal since 1995. He is a sought-after freelance saxophonist, as well as an expert in saxophone history and restoration.
Al McLean is long time member of the Brian Hurley Quartet, Joe Sullivan Sextet, and featured soloist, composer, and arranger for the Joe Sullivan Big Band, the Vic Vogel Big Band, and the Chateauguay Tenors, and has performed and recorded worldwide with countless artists of every style of music, including Jimmy Cobb, Lenny White, Tyler Mitchell, Gary Smulyan, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Seamus Blake, and Slide Hampton.
Al McLean’s improvisations have been described as “a fluid, masterful account of the entire lineage of the saxophone”.