Mike Allen Quartet Vancouver Island Tour - Celebrating Sonny Greenwich
Mike Allen and his quartet with Miles Black- piano&guitar, Steve Holy-bass and Dave Robbins-drums will be performing new and vintage compositions by legendary Canadian jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich. The band will be heading into the studio to record later this fall; their new album entitled Celebrating Sonny Greenwich is scheduled for release in early 2018.
Sep 29 (8pm) Studio Live in Cumberlandread more >>
Sep 30 (7:30pm) Phoenix Auditorium on Gabriola Island
Oct 1 (7:30pm) Lighthouse Bistro in Nanaimo
Oct 6 (8pm) Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, workshop at 6pm
Oct 7 (7pm) Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay
Oct 8 (2:30pm) Char’s Landing in Port Alberni
Oct 8 (7pm) McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville
DownBeat Magazine Interviewread more >>
“Bob’s Piano” CD (ALM 16306) is now available!
Pianist Miles Black and I have been making music together for more than two decades. From big bands to nonets, duos, trios and quartets, we have performed and recorded all over Canada, the Pacific Northwest and in Finland. On the new album we honour our friend and colleague, Bob Murphy. In addition to the six tracks of Miles and me, the album includes four tracks of Bob and myself recorded just a few months before Bob’s passing, plus several of Bob’s most recent compositions. All the music was recorded on the wonderful piano in Bob’s home studio.read more >>
CBC News Story • Bob’s Piano/Hot Air Interviewread more >>
Conn-Selmer CenterStage Artist
“Yanagisawa saxophones are beautifully crafted instruments that play in tune and encourage a full, personal sound.”
Since 2011 Mike plays and endorses Yanagisawa saxophones exclusively (T991-S, A991-S and S991-S).read more >>
Mike Allen Quartet
Spare, elegant, melodic, soaring, fierce - Vancouver’s Mike Allen has arrived as the country’s top jazz saxophonist.
During its first international jazz festival appearance (Warsaw Jazz Jamboree, Poland-1988) the Mike Allen Quartet was joined on stage by members of Miles Davis’ band (Kenny Garrett and Eliane Elias) at Club Akwarium. Now after hundreds of performances, 14 full-length albums and 15 years of hosting the Vancouver Int Jazz Festival jam session, Mike can reminisce on the honour of performing alongside Cedar Walton, John Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks, Gary Bartz, Antonio Sanchez, Branford Marsalis, Eric Harland, and Chucho Valdes among others.
Allen’s tone is as pure as that of Joe Henderson. His aesthetic habits come straight out of a blue-chip tenor tradition: from Joe Lovano back to Coleman Hawkins and into his primary inspiration, John Coltrane.
The current edition of the band includes longtime musical associates Miles Black-piano, Steve Holy-bass and Dave Robbins-drums. The MAQ has been frequenting stages in Vancouver and surrounding cities lately, rousing audiences with new original music with a spiritual side, conjuring the sound of John Coltrane’s classic quartet.
An accomplished musician who has studied Coltrane in depth and forged a style that is fresh and vital.
(Jazz Journal International)
Mike and his group will be embarking on a tour in the early fall, performing in communities on the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. Coming to a venue near you!
Allen’s true strength is his ability to pace and phrase his solos in a way that draws a listener into the music.read more >>
|“Remember When” Sonny Greenwich, Mike Allen and Julian MacDonough - CBC JazzBeat 2007|
|“Let’s Play The Blues” Sonny Greenwich, Mike Allen and Julian MacDonough - CBC JazzBeat 2007|
|“You’ve Changed” Sonny Greenwich, Mike Allen and Julian MacDonough - CBC JazzBeat 2007|
|“Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love” Mike Allen Quartet - Live at the Silk Purse 2017|
|“Mia Culpa” Mike Allen Quartet - Live at the Silk Purse 2017|