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2011 Adjudicator

Mike Allen

Mike Allen, 44, is profiled in Mark Miller's "Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada" and has a Master's in Jazz from New York University. He has performed and/or recorded with internationally recognized players including Cedar Walton, Julian Priester, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz, John Taylor, Jim Snidero, Brian Lynch, Don Friedman, Don Thompson, John Ballantyne, Kevin Dean, Phil Dwyer, Chuck Israels, Donald Bailey, Ali Jackson, Seamus Blake, and Pete Magadini. Allen was a member of Canadian guitar legend Sonny Greenwich's quintet from 1990 to 1995. His playing is featured on Greenwich's Standard Idioms (Kleo) and Fragments Of A Memory (Cornerstone). In 1993, Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail listed Mike as one of a half-dozen "Interesting Canadians To Watch".

Since then, he has been performing primarily on the West Coast, with several Canada-wide tours and regular features on nationally aired CBC radio broadcasts. His 2005 release Love One Another was hailed as the "#1 Canadian Jazz Album Of 2005" by the Ottawa Citizen. Fearless, Allen's 2004 release was chosen by Public Radio International jazz host Jim Wilke, as one of the "Best Pacific Northwest Jazz CDs of 2004", while his 2003 trio album Dialectic won "Outstanding Jazz Recording 2003" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Mike has been awarded prestigious Arts Council grants over the years to study with tenor giants Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and David Liebman.

Mike's groups perform original material and standard repertoire with emphasis on lyricism, deep grooves (mainly swing), and cohesive group interaction.

In addition, Mike is Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Western Washington University.

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