Allan Meyerson plays sax, flute and clarinet and lives in the Lehigh Valley of PA
Allan Meyerson has been playing and teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet for
45 years. He is an accomplished classical as well as jazz and blues musician. His
first professional jobs in the late 60’s were playing in the show bands of the many
hotels in New York with as many as 5 different acts a night. Sight reading and
being able to switch styles were a must and taught him valuable lessons in
Growing up in NYC gave him an opportunity to study with the best musicians in
the world. Allan started in his high school band and soon realized the instruction
there was adequate but not enough to satisfy him. He was lucky enough to find a
local music teacher, Nat Shapiro, who was a studio musician for the NBC Radio
Orchestra in the 40’s and 50’s and a student of Ernest F. Wagner. Nat
encouraged Allan to study clarinet and later, flute.
In 1969 Allan attended Queens College CUNY as music major while playing
professionally. While in college he travelled to Manhattan weekly to study with
the jazz great Lee Konitz (Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Kenton, Lennie
Tristano) who taught him a practical approach to improvising which he now
passes on to his advanced students.
After college Allan continued his jazz oriented education by studying with another
living legion of jazz, David Liebman (Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Chick Corea) for
over 2 years on a one to one basis.
Over the past 40 or so years Meyerson has played or recorded with some of the
best musicians in the world including: Pepper Adams, John Faddis, "Marky"
Markowitz, Charles Fambrough, Jim Fielder, Marvin Stamm, Bill Warfield, Gene
Perla, Tony Marino, Bobby Radcliff, Garry Rissmiller, Craig Kastelnick, Doc Blue,
Speedy West and has recently opened for Pat Martino.
In 2013 Meyerson published his book, First Steps to Improvisation (ISBN 978-0-
9911661-0-7), to fill a gap in the music education of today’s students. This book
takes the knowledge that most instrumentalists have, builds on it, and applies it
In 2016 Allan published his second book, First Steps to Jazz Improvisation for All
Bass Clef Instruments (ISBN 978-0-9911661-4). Same great book designed for
bass, trombone and tuba players.
Allan’s goal is to pass on his knowledge of music to his students and guide them
to be the best they can be. He believes everyone learns at their own pace and
encourages his students without pressure.
My Jazz Story
I started playing jazz at the age of 18. My teachers have been some
of the greats of jazz including Lee Konitz and David Liebman. I have
recently completed a book for musicians and students alike who have
no experience playing jazz. I teach and play locally in the NY, NJ &