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Mike Allen Quartet

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“Celebrating Sonny Greenwich” CD Release Event
From Vancouver


Mike Allen – saxophone
Miles Black – piano and guitar
Steve Holy - bass
Dave Robbins – drums

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019
Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $22.00 for EJS members; $26.00 for non-members/guests, plus applicable fees


Originally from Kingston Ontario, Mike Allen spent the first ten years of his musical career performing hundreds of gigs on the Montreal jazz scene.

His big break came in 1990 when he was invited to join his idol Canadian guitar-legend Sonny Greenwich’s group, an honour made even more significant by the fact that Sonny hadn’t chosen to have a tenor player in his group since the mid-1970s. The Sonny Greenwich Quintet of the early 1990s went on to perform sold out concerts at the Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa jazz festivals. The band then recorded “Standard Idioms”, an album which was nominated for both JUNO and FELIX awards as Best Jazz Album of 1993 and is considered by many to be one of Sonny’s finest. Sonny’s music and friendship continues to be an important source of inspiration to Mike.

Mike left Sonny’s band in the mid-1990s to move to New York City and study with Joe Lovano, then continued on to San Francisco to work with Joe Henderson to further refine his sound. Since settling in Vancouver in 1995 he has become a force on the west coast jazz scene where he has held regular gigs at several jazz venues, toured regularly throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and has recorded fourteen albums as a leader.

The Mike Allen Quartet is touring in support of their upcoming CD release "Celebrating Sonny Greenwich". Theirs is high-energy music with a spiritual element that conjures the sound of John Coltrane’s classic quartet, while rejoicing in the musical legacy of one of Canada's greatest jazz guitarists, Sonny Greenwich.

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