Harry Allen Quartet

Wed

2/7/2018

8:00pm

Jazz

Harry Allen Quartet

With Andy Brown, Paul Keller, and Pete Siers!

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student

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  • Harry Allen, tenor saxophone
  • Andy Brown, guitar
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • Pete Siers, drums

Event Details

Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." Harry swings onto the KCH stage joined by the wonderful Chicago guitarist Andy Brown, as well as favorites Paul Keller and Pete Siers.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.

Harry Allen

Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997, and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. The Harry Allen - Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.

Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City.  

Andy Brown

Mentored by the late guitar legends Cal Collins and Kenny Poole, Andy Brown has been playing professionally for over twenty years. As a top-call sideman, Andy has backed internationally known players Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowsi, John-Erik Kellso, Warren Vache, John Allred, Hod O’ Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, and Scott Robinson, as well as Chicago veterans Russ Phillips, Kim Cusack, Don Stiernberg, and Chris Foreman. His love of great tunes and his expansive repertoire, as well as accompanying skills have made him a favorite with vocalists, most notably Barbra Streisand with whom he played in a jazz quartet setting on the Oprah Winfrey show. With his own trio, Andy has played for US Presidents including Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. His Delmark CD with NYC guitarist Howard Alden received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine and his latest Delmark release “Soloist,” which features his solo guitar work, is receiving many accolades as well. Andy returns to KCH after 2 wonderful shows with vocalist Petra VanNuis.

Paul Keller

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Pete Siers

A Michigan native, Pete Siers can be heard performing in groups throughout the region, including the Latin group Los Gatos and his own trio and quartet. Siers is an original member of the award winning Paul Keller Orchestra (PKO), which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history. He also performs and has recorded with Bess Bonnier, Mr. B, guitarist Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, The Easy Street Jazz Band, The Motor City Classic Jazz Band with Marcus Belgrave, The Ron Brooks Trio, The Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble, and James Dapogny & his Chicago Jazz Band.