Jazz on the Wing

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Jazz in the Hall - Old Fire Hall

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  • General Admission: $10
  • Youth & children (19 & under): Free

Jazz on the Wing - Dawson City

  • Tickets in advance: Adults $22, KIAC members $20, Youth/SOVA students $10
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  • $25 at the door.
  • Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm

Jazz on the Wing – Haines Junction

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  • Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
New York Saxophonist Mike Allen Quartet ft Peter Washington & Louis Nash

New York Saxophonist Mike Allen Quartet ft Peter Washington & Louis Nash

“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

Bio

MIKE ALLEN, a Kingston, Ontario native is profiled in Mark Miller’s “Miller Companion To Jazz In Canada”, has a Master’s degree in Jazz from New York University, and was featured in a Globe and Mail article that listed him as one of a half-dozen “Interesting Canadians To Watch”.

Over his 20-year career he has worked with many well-known jazz artists including trombonist Julian Priester, drummer Donald Bailey, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Don Friedman, and multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. Mike is a long time member of the Montreal-based guitar legend Sonny Greenwich’s group, with whom he recorded two CDs “Standard Idioms” (Kleo) and “Fragments Of A Memory” (Cornerstone).

After relocating to Vancouver from Montreal in 1995, he began a similarly fruitful musical partnership with ex-Bill Evans bassist Chuck Israels, that led to performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, several Canada-wide tours and features on nationally aired CBC and NPR radio broadcasts.

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MIKE ALLEN, a Kingston Ontario native is a saxophonist, pianist, composer and bandleader profiled in Mark Miller’s “Miller Companion To Jazz In Canada”. He has a Master’s degree in Jazz from New York University and was featured in a Globe and Mail article that listed him as one of a half-dozen “Interesting Canadians To Watch”.
Allen’s body of work includes thousands of performances throughout Canada, the US and Europe over the past 30+ years.

Over his 20-year career he has worked with many well-known jazz artists including trombonist Julian Priester, drummer Donald Bailey, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Don Friedman, and multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson. Mike is a longtime member of the Montreal-based guitar legend Sonny Greenwich’s group, with whom he recorded two CDs “Standard Idioms” (Kleo) and “Fragments Of A Memory” (Cornerstone).

After relocating to Vancouver from Montreal in 1995, he began a similarly fruitful musical partnership with ex-Bill Evans bassist Chuck Israels, that led to performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, several Canada-wide tours and features on nationally aired CBC and NPR radio broadcasts.

Since founding his record label ALMUS JAZZ in 1990, Allen has produced and released 18 albums as a leader and recorded on another 25 as a sideman, including Michael Buble’s Grammy Award winning Crazy Love. Allen’s Dialectic (2003) won Outstanding Jazz Recording, Western Canadian Music Awards and his 2006 album Love One Another was named Canadian jazz album of the year by the Ottawa Citizen. 2019 saw the release of Just Like Magic, recorded at the iconic Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. On it, he is joined by the incomparable rhythm section duo of Peter Washington-bass and Lewis Nash-drums.

As Director Of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University (2010-15), Allen successfully revitalized a program that had been in decline for decades, reconnecting it with the local community and regional high school music programs and driving enrolment to levels not seen since the 1980s.

His “mentoring” teaching model integrated professional jazz players with students in their ensembles, creating a vibrant learning environment that has since catapulted dozens of former students into professional performing careers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

As a composer, Allen’s canon of work includes 100+ songs and tunes, with 80+ appearing on album recordings since 1990.

Allen is the Executive Director of Legacy Jazz Series Society, a B.C. non-profit organization that presents concerts and educational opportunities for young musicians.

Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, PETER WASHINGTON has also played an integral part in two of the most important and highly praised jazz trios of the last 20 years, in addition to a “who’s who” roster of jazz artists.
Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1964, Washington attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in English Literature and played in both the UC Symphony and the San Francisco Youth Symphony. In 1986, while performing in San Francisco with alto saxophonist John Handy, he was asked by Art Blakey to move to New York and join the seminal Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Washington remained with the Jazz Messengers from 1986 to 1989, and during this time was able to establish himself as a ubiquitous, first- call freelance bassist; a position he has occupied to this day.
In the early 1990’s Washington joined the Tommy Flanagan Trio , called by many “the greatest trio in jazz”, and remained until Flanagan’s death, in 2002. For the past ten years he has been a member of the very highly acclaimed Bill Charlap Trio.
In addition to these long- term commitments Washington has worked and recorded with an extremely large number of top- tier artists, of all generations. A partial list of those he has recorded and performed “live” with would include Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson. Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Burrell, Phil Woods, Cedar Walton, Joe Henderson, Ray Bryant, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Charles McPherson, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, the Newport All Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Gerald Wilson,Lou Donaldson, Barry Harris, Lew Tabakin, Sweets Edison, Johnny Griffin, Jackie McLean, Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony, Richard Wyands, Teddy Edwards, Johnny Coles, Frank Morgan, and more…
Of the younger generations, Washington has recorded and performed with Mulgrew Miller, Tom Harrell, the Brecker Brothers, Don Grolnick, David Sanchez, Eric Alexander, Benny Green, Javon Jackson, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, One For All, Steve Nelson, James Carter, Renee Rosnes, Steve Turre, Regina Carter, Kenny Washington, Grant Stewart, Robin Eubanks, Joe Magnarelli, Geoff Keezer, Billy Drummond, Jeremy Pelt, Ryan Kisor, Walt Weisokopf, and many, many others.
Peter Washington has also enjoyed associations with vocalists as diverse as Andy Bey, Freddie Cole, Karrin Allyson, Chris Conner, Mark Murphy, Georgie Fame, Ernie Andrews, Paula West, Eric Comstock, Anne Hampton Calloway, Marlena Shaw, and Ernestine Anderson.
A complete discography would list, as of this writing, over 350 recordings, and is expanded on a weekly and monthly basis.
From New York City, LEWIS NASH, the drummer is …

“… a fabulous percussionist, very dependable, very creative, and an enlightened guy on the instrument.” – McCoy Tyner

““Perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation, equally effective in small group or big band.” – Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
“Rhythm Is My Business” is the title of his 1989 debut recording as a bandleader, and legendary drummer LEWIS NASH is all about the business of keeping rhythm. Universally recognized as one of the great drummers in jazz history, his illustrious career now spans over four decades.
Nash is one of jazz’s most recorded musicians, appearing on over 500 recordings including 10 Grammy winners and numerous Grammy nominees. In fact, Nash has the distinction of being the only musician in jazz history featured on the winners in both the “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental” album categories in two separate years: the 2004 Grammys with Nancy Wilson and McCoy Tyner, and again in 2010 with Dee Dee Bridgewater and James Moody.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis arrived in New York City in 1981 at the age of 22 and first gained international recognition as a member of vocalist Betty Carter’s trio. This was a pivotal time in his development, as he traveled the world for nearly 4 years with Carter and had the opportunity to meet and engage with many of his musical peers and predecessors.
In the years to follow, Nash toured, recorded and performed with many of jazz’s most celebrated icons, and his resume reads like a “who’s who” of jazz royalty. These jazz legends include: Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Gerry Mulligan, Hank Jones, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Randy Weston, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and many, many more!
In 2012, The Nash, a jazz education center and performance venue named in Lewis’s honor, was established in his home town of Phoenix. It has been a focal point of the city’s jazz activity since it’s inception, and has been named consistently by Downbeat magazine as a top jazz venue. Jazz masters Randy Weston, Jimmy Cobb and Roy Hargrove played some of the final performances of their careers at The Nash.
Lewis is in great demand for his educational expertise as well as his drumming skills, and presents clinics, masterclasses and workshops at institutions worldwide. He was a member of the very first jazz studies faculty at The Juilliard School in 2001, and has been a member of the faculty of the annual Vail Jazz Workshop for the past 20 years.
In 2017, Nash joined the jazz studies faculty at Arizona State University, where he was named the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz. In early 2021, the Lewis Nash Scholarship Endowment was created by the university to be awarded annually to a deserving ASU undergraduate or graduate jazz performance student.
MILES BLACK is a highly respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry.  Firstly known as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists, Miles is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director.  Adding to that, he has worked as a music therapist and collegiate music instructor. Especially in Vancouver, Miles Black is well know as the “first call’ when musicians are looking for top professional enhancements to their projects.

Just some of the artists and acts with whom Miles has worked with include Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Paul Horn, Skywalk, Max Roach, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Tabackin, Claudio Roditi, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Johnny Frigo, and Von Freeman.  The list is lengthy and includes many other well known stars of the music world too numerous to note here.

Always in high demand, Miles is currently involved in several high level projects at this time.  At the present he is co-leading a modern jazz quartet with the aptly named “Altered Laws” group that also highlights saxophonist and flautist Tom Keenlyside (see tomkeenlyside.com).  As a prolific composer and writer, and with lyricist/vocalist Glenda Rae alone, Miles has over 400 written song credits.

As well since 1993, Mr. Black has proudly been a member of the Oliver Gannon Quartet performing keyboard duties including the Hammond B3.  Mr. Gannon is a Juno-award winning jazz guitarist with extensive performance experience around the globe. (http://www.olivergannon.com).

Miles is currently working as pianist/composer with The Mike Allen Quartet. This group is also known as the “Faculty Jazz Collective” at Western Washington University, where they perform as musical mentors for the jazz students. (see mikeallenjazz.com).

Since 2009, Black has been a member of TRIOLOGY, which features Bill Coon on Guitar, and Jodi Proznick on Bass. This group is fashioned after the great Jazz Trios of Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole. (see triologymusic.com)

On the education front, Miles has been working for Victoria based PG Music since 1991. As a performer and teacher he has helped to produce countless music software programs for public consumption.  Just a few of these include “The Jazz Pianist 1&2”,”The New Age Pianist”, “The Children’s Pianist”, “The Modern Jazz Pianist”, “Jazz Piano Masterclass”, “Blues Piano Masterclass” and an Oscar Peterson CD Rom, complete with transcriptions.  He has also written, produced and performed many add-ons for PG Music’s popular “Band-in-a-Box” programs.

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2023

8:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Cabaret Seating

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Personnel

Mike Allen – saxophone
Peter Washington – upright bass
Lewis Nash – drums
Miles Black – piano

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