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Mark Allen

Mark Allen hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for the last six years. Mark is currently on the saxophone faculty at the University of the Arts, where he has also completed a Master's Degree in Woodwind Performance. He has had the privilege of studying with Joel Frahm, Ben Schachter, Chris Farr, and Ron Kerber. In addition to co-leading several ensembles, Mark is an active member of The Norman David Eleventet, the Captain Black Big Band, and several other Philadelphia/New York ensembles. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as George Garzone, Marcus Belgrave, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oatts, Orrin Evans, Frank Lacy, and Tim Hagans, among others

On Point

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Necessity 2. Freelance 3. One Day in a Row 4. Light Song 5. Two Bones 6. Groovin' High 7. Time Shared 8. Green Dolphin Street 9. Floaters 10. On Point

Continuing Action

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Mouse Pad (The Pad of the Mouse) (Live) 2. Subterranean Heights (Live) 3. The Frame of Forever... (Live) 4. Parallel Suite 2020: I. Expansions 5. Parallel Suite 2020: II. Standing Motion 6. Parallel Suite 2020: III. Determination

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco at the Kimmel Center

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The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA June 1, 2019 The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), under the leadership of trumpeter Terell Stafford, has produced a series of action-packed concerts at the Kimmel Center, featuring special guest artists, all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bobby Zankel,The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Guest Saxophonist David Murray at the Painted Bride

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Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Special Guest: David Murray Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia, PA January 20, 2018 The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Zankel, continue to deliver outstanding concerts featuring special guest musicians who are virtuosos on the ...

Crazy in Philly!

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Showers 2. It's Always There 3. Down on 3rd 4. Bars 5. Misty (Errol Garner) 6. Hit Me Now! 7. Folding My Shirt 8. Many Years.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

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Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

Please Call

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. Flash Tune 2. Just Friends (Klenner and Lewis) 3. C’mon, It’s A Thing! 4. Please Call 5. Repeat Process 6. Cancellation 7. No One Else 8. Charge 9. Not A Prayer 10. Short Term

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts A String of Pearls Philadelphia, PA June 18, 2016 The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Jaleel Shaw at Philadelphia Clef Club

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Jaleel Shaw Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz Philadelphia, PA June 2, 2015 This killer of a concert capped a series of four in which Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound invited guest artists to join them in performing ...


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