Wednesday - January 18
Mike Allen Quartet
Mike Allen-tenor sax7pm to 9pm
Adam Thomas-bass and voice
$10 / $5
WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center 1095 Telegraph Rd-Bellingham, WA
Wednesday - February 8
Mike Allen Trio
"Happy Hour Jazz"
Mike Allen-saxophone and piano4:15pm to 6:30pm
Frankie's Italian Kitchen 765 Beatty Street-Vancouver
(778) 727-0337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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’s new album “Bob’s Piano” coming January 10th!
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. I encourage you to check out the sample track under Featured Recordings. Enjoy.
If you live in the southeastern region of Vancouver Island, come see/hear us on tour in support of the new album:
Victoria - Thursday, January 26 (7:30pm)
Tom Lee Music Hall (2401D Millstream Rd #105)
$25 at the door, $20 in advance at Tom Lee Music
Nanaimo - Friday, January 27 (8pm)
Nanaimo Conservatory Of Music (375 Selby Street)
$25 at the door, $20 in advance at Arbutus Music
(250) 933-1900 and Fascinating Rhythm (250) 716-9997
Cumberland - Saturday, January 28 (8pm)
Studio Live (2679 Beaufort Avenue)
$25 at the door, $20 in advance at Bop City Records
(250) 338-6621, Rider’s Pizza (250) 400-7433
and Church Street Bakery (250) 890-3200
Parksville - Sunday, January 29 (2:30pm)
McMillan Art Centre (133 McMillan Street)
$20 at the door/$17 OCAC members, available
at the MAC website or (250) 248-8185
and Cranky Dog Music (250) 954-3465
Vancouver - Friday, March 10 (8pm)read more >>
Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty Street)
Reserve your spot soon!
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, 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.
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.read more >>