• Monday - December 19 M&M Jazz Orchestra "Monday Big Band Nights"

    Mike Allen-alto and soprano saxes
    Miles Black-piano and arrangements

    8pm to 10:30pm
    $10 at the door
    Frankie's Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty Street-Vancouver
    (778) 727-0337, reservations@coastaljazz.ca


  • “The Feel Of Life” (Almus Jazz) is now available for **Free Download**


    Pianist Miles Black and I have been making music together for over two decades. From big bands to nonets, trios and quartets, we have also worked together as members of groups led by vocalist-Adam Thomas, bassist-Chuck Israels, drummer-Dave Robbins, and Nashville bassist/vocalist-Jim Ferguson. All that playing together in various situations has spawned a deep musical connection showcased in this transparent duo setting (soprano sax and piano) featuring a set of our favourite jazz standards and one original tune by Miles. We hope you enjoy the music - feel free to share it with your friends.

  • 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)