RBC Summit Jazz Series Presents: Allison Au Quartet


The National Music Centre and the RBC Summit Jazz Series are pleased to present Juno-nominated saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger Allison Au.

Juno-nominated in 2013 for their debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey,” the Allison Au Quartet is a Toronto-based modern Jazz ensemble. Since it’s formation in 2009, the group has maintained a steady performance schedule at Toronto’s major Jazz clubs. The quartet was also the recipient of the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship in 2011 and the Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship in 2012 to attend the Winter Creative Music Residency at the Banff Centre.

Saxophonist/composer Allison Au is constantly intrigued by new sounds and textures and strives to emanate a sense of exploration and discovery in her work. She aims to create musical templates that sound fresh, unconventional, yet engaging and thought-provoking.

As a composer/arranger, Allison’s work has been featured with Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band (Canada), Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Blue Note recording artist Ruben Hein (The Netherlands), The Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands), The WDR Big Band Orchestra (Germany), and The Filarmonica 900 del Teatro Regio and Torino Jazz Orchestra (Italy).

The Allison Au Quartet features the versatile musicianship of Todd Pentney on piano, Jon Maharaj on bass and Fabio Ragnelli on drums.

More information at http://www.allisonau.com

RBC Summit Jazz Series
With a focus on the development of emerging and established artists, the RBC Summit Jazz Series will enrich and energize the city’s musical environment by engaging our most active, creative, and interesting improvising musicians. This series will provide showcase opportunities for creative jazz musicians as well as a reciprocal mentorship component between young emerging musicians, established local musicians and visiting professional special guests.

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