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Brandon Allen

'm from Perth, Western Australia but have been based in London for the past 17 years. Since arriving in the UK, I have worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles as a saxophonist. I also work as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. My playing has been featured on films including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013) So far, I have performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Neil Diamond, US3, Antonio Forcione, Stefano Di Battista, 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, Omar Kamal, 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. I regularly host the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts with my quartet. I am the founder and director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Robin Phillips: Re-Versed

Read "Re-Versed" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

How long does it take to write the lyrics? Some of the greatest and best-loved American Songbook lyrics might have been rattled out in a couple of hours or less, others might have taken months or years of refinement before their creators decided they were worthy of performance. They may be intended to tell a story, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lauren Bush: All My Treasures

Read "All My Treasures" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

"I love the human race," sings Lauren Bush on the opening track of All My Treasures, Bob Dorough's life-affirming “I've Got Just About Everything I Need." It's a positive sentiment, just one brief moment on an album that bursts with positivity, an album that sounds like the product of a mature and very experienced artist. Surprisingly, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kyle Eastwood: Time Pieces

Read "Time Pieces" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Double bassist, composer and producer Kyle Eastwood unveils a timeless treasure with his seventh album as leader on the sensational Time Pieces, capturing the mood and aura of the 50s and 60s jazz scene blending two standards from the era with rich new compositions incorporating the sensitivities and flavor of that time period. It has been ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kyle Eastwood returns with new album "Timepieces" and UK Tour

Kyle Eastwood returns with new album "Timepieces" and UK Tour

The son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, star bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood unveils details of his new album, Timepieces, released 21st April, and extensive UK tour including four nights at legendary jny: London jazz club Ronnie Scott's Timepieces is Kyle Eastwood’s musical self-portrait. Centred around the bassist’s passion for the lyrical hard bop jazz of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)

Read "Dylan Howe: Subterranean (New Designs on Bowie's Berlin)" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Jazz musicians love the tribute album, perhaps more than the listeners who receive them. That opportunity to suggest affiliation, tapping into an already established audience can be tempting and a useful much needed marketing tool as industry-wide sales collapse. But really there is no reason why a tribute can't work -do it with love, for the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dylan Howe: Subterranean: New Designs On Bowie's Berlin

Read "Subterranean: New Designs On Bowie's Berlin" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Dylan Howe is one of the UK's most versatile drummers--a long-standing member of The Blockheads, part of Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey's band on the chart-topping Going Back Home (Chess Records, 2014) and (alongside keyboard player Ross Stanley) part of his father, Steve Howe's, guitar trio. He's also responsible, with Will Butterworth, for a critically-acclaimed duo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sax Appeal: Funkerdeen

Read "Funkerdeen" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Three decades since it was established, by leader and alto player Derek Nash, the UK's Sax Appeal still retains the fire and enthusiasm of youth--and a five saxophone front line that's more than capable of translating that energy into a big, bold, crowd-pleasing sound. Funkerdeen is the band's sixth album. As the title suggests, funk is ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

The Art Of The Song

Read "The Art Of The Song" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singing is possibly the most universal of the arts, certainly of the musical arts. The human voice is the most portable of instruments, always there, always available. It's also the most expressive of instruments: almost every instrument invented in history has at some time or other been used to mimic the voice; none have truly succeeded.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Theo Jackson: Jericho

Read "Jericho" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singer, pianist and songwriter Theo Jackson lives in Oxford, of university fame, and his debut album Jericho is named after an area of the city rather than the ancient town that suffered so much from an excessively loud horn section. There's no need to fear excessively loud horns here: Jackson and his quartet build drama with ...


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