Mike Allen Quartet with Miles Black @Charslanding
Sun, Oct 8th, 2:30-4pm, Concert Mike Allen Quartet with Miles Black: Celebrating Sonny Greenwich
"Spare, elegant, melodic, soaring, fierce - Vancouver's Mike Allen has arrived as the country's top jazz saxophonist. Echoes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Joe Lovano resonate through Allen's work, but the Vancouver-based sax man has channeled them into a voice of his own, by turns soulful, intense, lush and dynamic. -Ottawa Citizen
Throughout his career, Western Canadian Music Award-winning saxophonist Mike Allen has resided in multiple cities, ranging from New York to Montreal to Vancouver, and his credits as a sideman include stints with musicians as diverse as Cedar Walton, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Bartz and Chuck Israels. Allen was a member of Canadian jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwichs band from 199095, and was a sideman on Michael Bublés Grammy-winning 2009 album, Crazy Love. His past album, Fearless, was among those listed by Jim Wilke (host of NPRs Jazz Northwest) as the top albums of the Pacific Northwest. Allen was Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University for several years and has been mentored by jazz greats like Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano. His sublimely deep album A Hip Cosmos (Almus) topped Canadian and U.S. radio charts." -Downbeat
Originally from Kingston Ontario, Mike kicked off his performing career in Montreal winning the 1987 Lowenbrau Quebec Jazz Search as a member of an exciting hard bop sextet comprised of jazz alumni from McGill University. During ten years on the Montreal scene he performed hundreds of gigs including dozens of concerts at the Montreal Int. Jazz festival with top musicians Jon Ballantyne, Pete Magadini, Jan Jarczyk, Andre White, Dave Laing, Avishai Cohen and Ted Warren. Mike also recorded albums and radio shows with Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson, Kevin Dean, Knut Haugsoen, Don Friedman and Peter Leitch. His big break came in 1990 when he was invited to join his idol Canadian guitar-legend Sonny Greenwichs group, an honour made even more significant by the fact that Sonny hadnt chosen to have a tenor player in his group since the mid-1970s. The Sonny Greenwich Quintet of the early 1990s went on to perform sold-out concerts at the Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa jazz festivals. The band then recorded Standard Idioms, an album which was nominated for both JUNO and FELIX awards as Best Jazz Album of 1993 and is considered by many to be one of Sonnys finest. It was as a member of Sonnys band that Mikes playing began to crystallize into what Joseph Blake (Victoria Times) calls organically constructed tangents of inspired improvisation...economical statements with an emotive power; for that and many other reasons Sonnys music and friendship continues to be an important source of inspiration to Mike. Mike left Sonnys band in the mid 1990s to move to New York City and study with Joe Lovano, then continued on to San Francisco to work with Joe Henderson to further refine his sound. Since settling in Vancouver in 1995 he has become a force on the west coast jazz scene where he has held regular gigs at several jazz venues and hosted the Vancouver International Jazz Festivals official nightly jam session for over 15 years. As jam session host he has performed alongside hundreds of visiting international jazz stars including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Antonio Sanchez, and Chucho Valdes among others. He regularly tours throughout Canada, performs in the US and Europe, and has recorded 14 albums as a leader. His groups have performed for Princes Charles, William and Harry of England (during their Royal Visit to BC in the late 1990s) and for Prime Minister Jean Chretien and President Bill Clinton. Mike is featured in Mark Miller's "Companion to Jazz in Canada" and has a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from New York University. The Mike Allen Quartet is will be on tour in late 2017 in southern British Columbia performing in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Cumberland, Mill Bay, Parksville, and Gabriola Island. Joining Mike will be pianist Miles Black, bassist Steve Holy and drummer Dave Robbins, all long-time musical associates who have worked together in a variety of groups dating back to their years together on the Montreal jazz scene in the 1980s. Since the MAQs first international performance at the 1988 Warsaw Jazz Jamboree where they welcomed members of Miles Davis band onstage for an exciting set of impromptu improvisations, the group has hundreds of local, national and international performances under its belt and in recent months has performed dozens of shows at Vancouver area venues including Frankies Jazz Club, CBC Vancouver, Performance Works, The Vogue, and Presentation House.
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