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Brandon Allen was born in Perth, Western Australia. He started playing the piano at the age of 10, then played classical guitar for one year before taking up the saxophone at age 13. After graduating from Corpus Christi College he was accepted into the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, studying for a bachelor degree, majoring in jazz performance. He toured extensively with Dr Bogus and the Wizards of Wonder (a show band) throughout Australia for a year and a half, as well as working with various groups in Perth before relocating to London.
Since arriving in the UK, Brandon has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles. He have performed within the jazz, funk, R&B, hip hop, soul, big band, classical and pop genres.
He has performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Neil Diamond, US3, Antonio Forcione, Jason Rebello, Omar, Hamish Stuart, Kyle Eastwood, Mike Nock, Liane Caroll, Dennis Rollins, Gwyneth Herbert, Rumer, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Candi Staton, Ernesto Simpson, Dave O’higgins, Carleen Anderson, James Torme, Adrian Utley(Porteshead), The BLOCKHEADS, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Sharlene Hector, Joe Cang, Z Star, Gareth Williams, Will Vinson, Guy Barker, Natalie Williams, Mike Janisch, Laurence Cottle Big Band, Claire Martin, BBC Big Band, Jesse Van Ruller, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck, Gerard Presencer, Mike Outram, Jim Mullen, Phil Robson, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Soloff, Mark Nightingale, Richie Cole, Reel People, Benjamin Herman, Nigel Hitchcock and others.
Brandon Allen has appeared at various festivals around the world including the Womad World Music Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, Reading Rock Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight, Brecon Jazz Festival, Marsiac Jazz Festival(France), Jazzinec Festival in the Czech Rebublic, the Vittoria and Terassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Australian Cultural Convention in the Philippines, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia, Kanazawa Street Festival (Japan), the London Jazz Festival and various jazz festivals throughout Italy. Last night he was in Hamburg, tonight Clare.
Brandon Allen played with the Jazznights Trio who were:
Roger Odell – Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Simon Brown –Piano
Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur SimonBrown is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet. He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.
Larraine Odell – Vocals
Larraine began her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James
Larraine Odell opened the first set with 5 innovative versions of some great standards
Brandon Allen then joined the the Jazznights Trio to start his phenomenal first set
The Roger Odell Jazznights Trio
This was a great set, a master class of the best of British jazz on the tenor sax and we are sure that the huge applause following each number will ensure that Brandon yet again returns to entertain us at Jazznights.
A special treat as award-winning Jazz harmonica player Adam Glasser brings his own band to Jazznights. He has played with artists such as Martha Reeves, Hugh Masekela and Dominic Miller and he won the 2010 SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. His current album Mzansi was also nominated in 2012.
THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, Clare, Suffolk.
Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 8.30 – 10.00 pm.
Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email email@example.com
Pay on the night.
For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com