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Going To Space?
I’m excited to be a Crew Candidate for Yusaku Maezawa’s #DearMoonCrew voyage around the moon on a SpaceX Starship in 2023. I hope to be chosen to be part of the 8-12 member crew of artists for this otherworldly adventure. Obviously, it’s a long shot but I feel like my life has been leading up to this from the beginning. I’m fascinated and inspired by every advancement in space travel, science and astronomy. When I was young I made futuristic comic strip drawings and stories about space exploration, inspired by the TV shows U.F.O., Space 1999, and the advent of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.read more >>
I was delighted to hear jazz music (and a kicking tenor sax solo) as the background music for a video tour of Yusaku Maezawa’s private jet on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LJT404Sq8s&ab_channel=YusakuMaezawa%E3%80%90MZ%E3%80%91
Could it be that MZ (Mr. Maezawa) has a soft spot for jazz saxophonists?
Space exploration inspires my music and drives my imagination. A Hip Cosmos is my tribute to the wonders of the unknown and yet to be discovered!
Just Like Magic (Cellar Music) featuring Peter Washington and Lewis Nashread more >>
Celebrating Sonny Greenwich (Almus Jazz) featuring Miles Black, Steve Holy and Dave Robbins
Celebrating Sonny Greenwich on Almus Jazz (ALM 17711) features several gorgeous Greenwich compositions interpreted by Allen and his longtime musical associates Miles Black-guitar, Steve Holy-bass and Dave Robbins-drums.read more >>
Neon Jazz Interview
Podcast Hosted by Jim Diminoread more >>
The Globe And Mail “Mike Allen’s Odyssey”read more >>
Bob’s Piano (Almus Jazz) featuring Miles Black and Bob Murphy
Pianist Miles Black and Allen have been making music together for more than two decades. From big bands to nonets, duos, trios and quartets, they have performed and recorded all over Canada, the Pacific Northwest and in Finland. On the new album they honour friend and colleague, Bob Murphy. In addition to the six tracks of Miles and Allen, the album includes four tracks of Murphy and Allen, recorded a few months prior to Bob’s passing, plus several of Bob’s more recent compositions. All the music was recorded on the wonderful piano in Bob’s home studio.read more >>
DownBeat Magazine Interviewread more >>
CBC News Story • Bob’s Piano/Hot Air Interviewread more >>
Conn-Selmer CenterStage Artist
Mike plays a 1957 Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone and Yanagisawa S991 soprano sax.read more >>