Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked
his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique,
Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well
be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen."
Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to
his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's
Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won
both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made
the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine's
reader's poll and Jazz Journal International's critic's poll for 1997,
and Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won't Dance), the third Gold
Disc Award winner, was voted second for album of the year for 1998 by
Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. The Harry Allen
- Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz
Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the
Jazz Journalists Association for the same year.
Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently
touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary
Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton,
Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky
Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and
has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan,
James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry
Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.
Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings including the
soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out
of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also
done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.
Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles,
CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music
in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in
New York City.