Saturday - September 27
Miles Black Octet featuring Vocalist-Greta Matassa
"The Music of Ellington and Basie, with original arrangements by Miles Black."
Mike Allen-alto sax3pm to 6pm
Jack Stafford-tenor sax
Ray Downey-baritone sax
Sudden Valley Dance Barn 8 Barnview Court-Bellingham, WA
Director of Jazz at Western Washington University
Entering the fifth year of Mike’s directorship, Jazz at Western is proud to welcome a new addition to its roster of Guest Musician contributors. Drummer and recent WWU graduate, Christian Casolary is now on board to direct the Western Big Band. The Mike Allen Quartet (with Miles Black-piano, Adam Thomas-bass, and Julian MacDonough-drums) continues its role as Western Washington University’s in-residence professional jazz ensemble, performing regularly in the community and throughout the region. In addition to lecturing and performing, Mike leads the WJO (Western Jazz Orchestra) from the alto chair.read more >>
Mike Allen Interview Podcast
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(by jazz radio host Kerilie McDowall on CHLY’s Rhythm’a'ning)read more >>
“Popular and acclaimed Vancouver saxophonist Mike Allen is back on the show for an interview once again with news about new albums and his latest Mike Allen Quartet release, ‘Panorama’ as a leader with special featured guest and beloved Canadian jazz trombonist Hugh Fraser. Learn about the Mike Allen Quartet’s new album with Hugh Fraser, Allen’s past quartet releases and his latest duo release with pianist Miles Black in this episode.”
After 30 years with Selmer saxophones, Mike is now playing and endorsing Yanagisawa saxophones: Tenor-991-S, Alto-991-S and Soprano-991-S models, and enhanced by solid silver neck pipes on both tenor and alto. Yanagisawa saxophones are beautifully built instruments that play in tune and encourage a full, personal sound.read more >>