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Allison Au Jazz Quartet

Jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Allison Au refuses to be defined – or as All About Jazz reviewer David Wayne put it: “Au is an artist with a mind of her own. She panders to no-one.” Born to a Chinese father and a Jewish mother, and raised in multicultural Toronto, Allison soon turned to jazz as an outlet for self-expression and artistic experimentation.  Her music weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of jazz, but skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin and world music.  A graduate of the Humber College Music Program, Allison was selected as one of eight international participants for the 2011 Metropole Orkest’s Arrangers Workshop held in the Netherlands.  Since then, Allison’s work has been featured with everyone from Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band (Canada), to Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini and The WDR Big Band (Germany). Lance Liddle of the world jazz blog Bebop Spoken Here proclaimed, “Canada has found a new jazz ambassador.”

Since 2009, the Allison Au Jazz Quartet (Allison Au, saxophone; Todd Pentney, piano; Jon Maharaj, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums) have taken their “imaginatively written and performed modern jazz” (Mike Gates, UK Vibe) across Canada and the U.S., and “with compositions as strong as you’ll hear coming from anywhere in 2016” (David Wayne), earned a JUNO Award for their new album Forest Grove. Their 2013 debut release, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey also was nominated for a JUNO.