Jazz Performance and Education Centre



JPEC presents Harry Allen`s All Sax New York Saxophone Band
comes to Toronto October 21, 2017

Jazz Journal Harry Allen

Award winning performers with international fame accompany Harry Allen at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on October 21, 2017. Tickets are available week of August 29 and will sell out fast.
Booking and Tickets: TCA/Ticketmaster

Four Brothers
The One for You
Blues in the Morning
Harry Allen
Harry Allen: In 1989, he graduated from Rutgers with a degree in jazz tenor saxophone. While at Rutgers, Allen got his first gig with the help of master bass player Major Holley, where he replaced Zoot Sims at a studio recording with John Bunch, George Masso, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Ruby Braff. During the session, Dizzy Gillespie dropped by. Quite heady company for a young tenor player doing his first recording. Three of his discs have been awarded a Gold Disc by Swing Journal Magazine and his CD Tenors Anyone won both the Gold Disc and New Star awards. Allen's musical inspiration and interpretive approach come from the giants and innovators of mainstream saxophone, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young.
Ehud Asherie
Ehud Asherie was called "a master of swing and stride" by the New Yorker. Born in Israel in 1979, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Though he began playing piano as a child, his passion for jazz came later—with a Thelonious Monk cassette tape—and his first visit to Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming a fixture of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Asherie began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger).
Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan joined Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd in 1978. After moving back to NYC in 1980 he sooner joined the Mel Lewis jazz Orchestra of which he is still a member 37 years later. His playing is marked by an instantly recognizable sound, a deep harmonic conception, a fierce sense of swing and a dry sense of humor. He has recorded over 150 recordings as a sideman and 12 as a leader, most recently "Alternative Contrafacts" to be released in February 2018 on the Steeplechase label featuring bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green. He is a perennial winner of the Down Beat Critics and Readers polls, Jazz Times Critics and Readers Polls and the Jazz Journalist Award for baritone saxophonist of the year. He is on faculty at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University.
Grant Stewart
Grant Stewart was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 4, 1971, and moved to New York City at the age of nineteen studying with masters such as Donald Byrd and Barry Harris. In New York, Stewart can be found playing at such clubs as Smalls, Lincoln Center, Birdland, SMOKE, The Kitano, The Jazz Standard and many more. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil, and Taiwan. He was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition Grant was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museums’ Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb. He has performed internationally with Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, Louis Hayes and many more.
Joel Forbes
Joel Forbes, an accomplished master of the acoustic bass was born in 1956. He has held a place on the NY jazz scene for over 35 years. With tours throughout the US, Europe, Japan and Australia Joel has achieved international recognition.Joel can be heard on over 30 cd's. Joel has played and / or recorded with among others... Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Charles Macpherson, Doc Cheatham and Dave Mckenna.
Kevin Kanner
Kevin Kanner, a native of Southern California, has recorded with John Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, Paul Anka, Bill Holman (including 2006 and 2007 Grammy® nominated recordings), Gilbert Castellanos, Melissa Morgan, Annie Sellick, Rebecca Kilgore, The Bud Shank Big Band, Josh Nelson and Michael Buble. Kevin has also toured and performed with many artists and including John Pizzarelli, Maureen McGovern, The Gilbert Castellanos Quintet, The Bill Holman Band, The Gerald Clayton Trio, The Clayton Brothers, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Goldings, Charles McPhearson, Benny Green, Bob Hurst, Peter Washington, Dominic Faranacci, Carolyn Leonhart, Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Trio, Laurence Hobgood, Bob Hurst, Joe Magnarelli, Helen Sung, Monty Alexander.
Vincent Herring
Vincent Herring started playing saxophone at the age of 11 in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick’s School of Music in Vallejo, CA. At the age of 16, Herring was studying at California State University at Chico on a music scholarship. Vincent moved to New York City in early 1980's and first toured in the United States and Europe as part of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. He and Nat Adderly forged a nine-year musical relationship producing nine albums and touring the world. Vincent’s guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band. Vincent leads a band called Jazz The Story with Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt Steve Turre, James Carter, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Kenny Davis, Carl Allen and Nicolas Bearde.
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