Allison Au is an award-winning Canadian Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger. Leader of the Allison Au Quartet formed in 2009, Au’s debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey” earned a Juno nomination in 2013, and her sophomore album “Forest Grove” seized the Juno for "Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group" in 2016. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison was captivated by the unhinged freedom of Jazz in childhood. Her music evidences a mosaic of influences woven into a seamless and soulful sound, steeped in the tradition of Jazz but skillfully laced with elements of Classical, Pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin, and world music. The Allison Au Quartet has toured extensively in Canada and the US. Winner of the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, recipient of the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Sting Ray Rising Star Award, and a 2017 Finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award, the group was also awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012), and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) for three consecutive artist residencies at the Banff Centre.
2013 JUNO Award nomination for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year"
2016 JUNO Award for "Best Jazz Album: Group"
2017 Winner TD Grand Prix de Jazz (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)
2017 Winner Sting Ray Rising Star Award (TD Halifax Jazz Festival)
2017 Finalist Emerging Jazz Artist Award (Toronto Arts Foundation)
...engaging, carefully crafted jazz."
- Glen Hall, Exclaim! Magazine
"Allison has a distinctive and conversational tone that sets her apart from the crowd..."
- Hobart Taylor, KUCI Radio
"...an exceptionally cohesive band that has internalized all of the music's intricacies.
Au's playing is spirited and confident throughtout."
- Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
"Imaginatively written and performed modern jazz."
- Mike Gates, UK Vibe
"...a musician with such an erudite voice, a saxophonist with so distinctive a tone..."
- Raul Da Gama, Toronto Music Report
"Canada has found a new jazz ambassador!"
- Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here