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Henry "Red" Allen

Trumpet player, Henry "Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father's band, with George Lewis, the Excelsior Band and with the Sam Morgan Band. In 1926 he left New Orleans to play with Sidney Desvigne's Southern Syncopaters on the riverboat Island Queen which ran between St. Louis and Cincinnati. In 1927 he joined King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators while they were on tour in St. Louis. The tour didn't go well for Oliver, and the band kind of fell to pieces in New York, but Red made his first recordings while there with Clarence Williams. Allen returned to New Orleans and played with Fats Pichon and then joined Fate Marable on the Strekfus riverboat Capitol where he would remain until 1928

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father's band, with George Lewis, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, ...

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March 2018: Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berrigan, and Henry “Red” Allen.

Read "March 2018:  Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berrigan, and Henry “Red” Allen." reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Episode 135 takes a thorough and loving look at Louis Armstrong's 1930's recordings for the Decca company. After a couple years nursing a blown lip and searching for new musical contexts, Louis hooked up with manager Joe Glaser and soon had a contract with Decca records, which featured him on a kaleidoscope of recordings, from remakes ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry “Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry “Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival: Belgrade, Serbia, October 25-28, 2012

Read "Belgrade Jazz Festival: Belgrade, Serbia, October 25-28, 2012" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Belgrade Jazz FestivalBelgrade, SerbiaOctober 25-28, 2012There are hundreds of jazz festivals around the globe every year, in places like Baku, Azerbaijan, and Sibiu, Romania, and Valletta, Malta. But there may be no more improbable setting for a jazz festival than Belgrade, Serbia.Not that long ago, in the late 1990s, during the ...

Don Redman: Setting the Template

Read "Don Redman: Setting the Template" reviewed by Jim Gerard

As someone who came to jazz as a young man in the 1970s, I can attest that subsequent generations of both its chroniclers and, even sadder, its practitioners, have succumbed to the peculiarly and regrettable American disease of a-historicism. They've shoved jazz history through a sieve, reducing it from an epic tale of heroic ...


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