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    Interview: Harry Allen

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with saxophonist Harry Allen ahead of his October 21st concert with his All Star New York Saxophone Band at The Toronto Centre for the Arts


    WHO: Harry Allen

    WHAT: Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band

    WHERE: The Toronto Centre for the Arts - Studio Theatre

    WHEN: Saturday October 21st



    (photo copyright Ken Franckling)

    WEBSITES:

    http://www.harryallenjazz.com/ 

    https://www.ticketmaster.ca/harry-allen-studio-theatre-at-the-toronto-toronto-on/venueartist/131883/704780

    http://www.tocentre.com/


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    HARRY ALLEN

    Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen."

    Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CDTenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll.  The Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.

    Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

    Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

    Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City.


    CONCERT

    The All Star New York Saxophone Band features Vincent Herring, Grant Stewart and Harry Allen on tenor saxophones and Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone.  Rhythm section includes Ehud Asherie-piano, Joel Forbes -bass and Kevin Kanner- drums.

    The three tenor and baritone saxophone section has a mellow yet exciting sound, gaining popularity with Woody Herman’s Four Brothers saxophone section.  The swinging ensemble playing of a big band combined with individual solo styles of a small group make for an especially satisfying musical experience.





    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.


    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

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