UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday - February 27 MMJO (Mike & Miles Jazz Orchestra) "Big Band Mondays"

    Mike Allen-alto & soprano saxophones
    Miles Black-piano and orchestrations
    Dave Robbins-drums
    Steve Holy-bass
    Aaron Hardie-alto
    Steve Kaldestad-tenor
    Sarah Covert-Bowlds-tenor
    Dave Say-bari
    Tpt-Chris Davis, Jocelyn Waugh, Thad Bailey-Mai
    Tmb-Rod Murray, Jimmy Austin, Andrew Broughton

    8pm to 10:30pm
    $15/$5 at the door
    Frankie's Jazz Club 765 Beatty Street-Vancouver
    (778) 727-0337, reservations@coastaljazz.ca
  • Saturday - March 4 Steve Holy 6tet "Meditations by Charles Mingus"

    Kevin Elaschuk-trumpet
    Mike Allen-saxes
    Rod Murray-trombone
    Miles Black-guitar
    Steve Holy-bass
    Dave Robbins-drums

    3pm to 7pm
    free admission
    Pat's Pub 403 East Hastings Street-Vancouver
    (604) 255-4301
  • Friday - March 10 Mike Allen Quartet "Bob Murphy Tribute & CD Release"

    Mike Allen-saxophones
    Miles Black-piano
    Miles Hill-bass
    Buff Allen-drums

    8pm to 11pm
    $15-general
    Frankie's Jazz Club 765 Beatty Street - Vancouver
    (778) 727-0337, reservations@coastaljazz.ca

NEWS

  • DownBeat Magazine Interview

    http://downbeat.com/news/detail/qa-with-saxophonist-mike-allen-music-that-matters

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  • “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.

    Don’t miss our official Vancouver CD release performance - Reserve your spot soon!

    Friday, March 10 (8pm)
    Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty Street)
    $15 website

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  • CBC News Story • Bob’s Piano/Hot Air Interview

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/hot-air-bob-murphy-1.3947413

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  • 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).

    http://www.conn-selmer.com/en-us/artist-information/centerstage/artist-roster/mike-allen/

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  • Mike Allen Quartet

    Spare, elegant, melodic, soaring, fierce - Vancouver’s Mike Allen has arrived as the country’s top jazz saxophonist.
    (Ottawa Citizen)

    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, 13 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.
    (Vancouver Sun)

    The current edition of the band includes longtime musical associates Miles Black-piano, Steve Bokudo 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)

    The MAQ will be recording a new album this summer and then embarking on a CD release tour, performing in communities on the 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.
    (Planet Jazz)

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