François Houle

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François Houle (born August 17, 1961) is a Canadian jazz reedist. He was born in Lachine, Quebec, and plays primarily clarinet and soprano saxophone.

Houle studied music formally at McGill University from 1980 to 1984 and then at Yale University from 1985 to 1987, after which he pursued a career in jazz, studying under Steve Lacy.[1] He lived in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1990. His album for Songlines Records, In the Vernacular: The Music of John Carter, was nominated for a Juno Award in 1999 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.


  • 1992: Hacienda (Songlines)
  • 1994: Schizophere (Red Toucan)
  • 1995: Any Terrain Tomoulous with Marilyn Crispell
  • 1996: Live at Banlieues Bleues (Red Toucan)
  • 1998: In the Vernacular – The Music of John Carter (Songlines, with Dave Douglas and Mark Dresser)
  • 2000: Au Coeur du Litige (Spoil Field, 1996–2000)
  • 2000: Cryptology (between the lines)
  • 2006: Aerials (Drip Audio)
  • 2011: Because She Hoped (Songlines, with Benoit Delbecq)
  • 2013: François Houle & Håvard Wiik Aves (Songlines)


  1. ^ Mark Miller, "François Houle". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd edition, ed. Barry Kernfeld.