Grammy-nominated musician, producer and world-renowned drummer Quentin E. Baxter presents another amazing three-concert series at the Legends Room – Turtle Point Clubhouse on Kiawah Island. Each individual concert is $25 general admission and starts at 7:30pm. A three-concert package is available for a limited time, for $60. Tickets are available at www.baxtermusic.com or 843-766-8814. The concert series is sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Cultural Events Fund.
The third featured artist on the concert series is tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. Performing originals and arrangements of “classics” from the Great American Songbook, Allen will be joined by guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
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 very well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen.”
Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen now has more than thirty recordings to his name. Three of Allen’s recordings have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan’s Swing Journal Magazine, and his album Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. Allen’s recordings have made the top ten list for favorite new releases in Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll and Jazz Journal International’s critics poll for 1997.
The third of the Gold Disc Award winners, “Eu Nao Quero Dancar (I Won’t Dance), was voted second for the 1998 Album of the Year award by Swing Journal Magazine’s reader’s poll. In 2006, the Harry Allen – Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Born in Washington, D.C., Allen spent his formative years in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. Allen received a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia, Allen has performed with artists such as 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 Freddy Cole. Allen can also be heard on recordings 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.