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Dave Taylor in a Fowl Performance

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Dave Taylor will perform the title role in Louise Gikow’s Tough Turkey in the Big City at Merkin Concert Hall next month. The performance will also feature Bruce Adolphe (composer, pianist, and narrator).

Concert details
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Presents: Meet the Music!
Tough Turkey in the Big City
November 21, 2010
1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Merkin Concert Hall

To order tickets, visit or call 212 875 5788.

Finally, check out this great promo video…

Brian Allen’s Brainkiller Mexico Tour and CD Release!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Brainkiller in Mexico 2010I’m thrilled to announce that my band Brainkiller will be releasing our new CD next week on RareNoise Records! And we’re embarking on a pretty delicious-looking tour of Mexico!

First things first… BRAINKILLER: The Infiltration, available October 4 in the UK and soon thereafter in stores in the US, Europe and Japan. It will also be available on all of the usual online retailers (iTunes, emusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc.).

We’re excited to be working with RareNoise, a really cool label and home of a lot of interesting bands and artists like Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Toshinori Kondo and Nils Petter Molvaer. Lots of cool things are cooking.

One of the album’s tracks, called Michaelsketch (by yours truly) is also the lead-off track on a new benefit compilation CD for the legendary bassist Mick Karn, who is, unfortunately, struggling with cancer. It is available on Amazon, Rhapsody and Zune. Here is more information.

Now, the Mexico Tour:

  • Universidad de San Juan del Rio, Queretaro
    October 6 @ 13 hrs
  • La Encrucijada Jazz, Jazz Club, Queretaro
    October 7 @ 22 hrs ($80)
  • Feria del Libro, Zócalo del DF, Entrada Libre
    October 8 @ 21 hrs
  • Cuernavaca, festival de arte Revindie, Museo Casona, John Spencer
    October 9th 2010
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Química – Auditorio A
    October 11 @ 13:00 hrs
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Economía – Vestíbulo
    October 11 @ 17:00 hrs
  • FORO 81, Junto al Convite, Ajusco 81, Portales Sur, DF
    October 12 @ 21 hrs ($80)
  • UNAM, DF, Facultad de Derecho – Vestíbulo
    October 13 @ 12:00 hrs
  • Centro Cultural España, Centro Historico, DF, Entrada Libre
    October 13 @ 22 hrs – CD RELEASE PARTY!!!
  • UNAM, DF, FES Aragón – Teatro
    October 14
  • Film Club Cafe, Satelite, Mexico DF
    October 14 @ 21 hrs ($80)
  • Pollak Forum, Polanco, Mexico DF
    October 15 @ 21:30 hrs ($80)

Brainkiller began 10 years ago, originally a duo with pianist Jacob Koller, who now lives in Tokyo. Mexico City drummer Hernan Hecht came on board over 3 years ago and Brainkiller has been a trio ever since. I’ve been here in Mexico City this week writing new music for us, so we’ll be playing tunes from the record and new things in preparation for an upcoming recording.

You can listen to Brainkiller music, see videos and keep up with all the updates on our Facebook page. And here are a few videos from earlier Brainkiller tours:

Hope to see you here or there. Thanks for your support and interest!

Brian Allen

Alessi Performance Available Online

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Last night, Joe Alessi and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin, performed John Mackey’s Harvest : Concerto for Trombone, a fantastic addition to the repertoire. For a short time, you can hear the performance on Mackey’s web site. You can also follow along with the solo trombone part or the complete score. Be sure to check this out before it’s pulled from the web site!

Update: A recording of the Concerto by Alessi and The West Point Band is now available on iTunes.

Brian Allen Duo Touring Texas

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Hi everyone,

Please excuse the last minute notice. I’m on a little Texas duo tour for the next week with Mexico City-based Argentinean drummer Hernan Hecht. We’ll be playing in Austin, Nacogdoches and Houston. Here are the details:

  • Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX (with special guest Alex Coke, saxophone)
    Sunday, September 19 @ 9:30 PM
  • Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX
    Monday, September 20. 1pm masterclass, 7:30pm concert
  • Spring High School in Houston, TX (with special guest Dennis Dotson, trumpet)
    Wednesday, September 22 at 4pm

Keep up with the developments, upcoming CD release, videos, etc. on our Facebook page. Watch videos from our epic 2007 US tour. And stop by our MySpace page.

Recent Activity

I had a good few weeks on the east coast. Gave a couple of concerts (solo trombone at Downtown Music Gallery in Manhattan and trio with Ellery Eskelin and Nate Wooley at IBEAM in Brooklyn), got an upcoming recording “obscure relatives and prepositions” mastered and had a nice recording session with Dave Ballou and Michael Formanek in Baltimore.

I also gave a couple of improvisation/trombone masterclasses. The first was at Hunter College in NYC, where Ryan Keberle teaches. He’s a fantastic trombonist, composer, arranger and educator that I met at the Banff Camp 10 years ago. I’m enjoying his new Double Quartet CD this morning (two trombones, trumpet, horn, tuba + rhythm section). Beautiful colors!! The second masterclass was at Towson University, where Dave Ballou teaches, in Baltimore. Dave does the impossible on the trumpet, playing improvised and notated music and everything between. Before our recording session, he and I practiced a little bit. At the end, he played a Bach Violin Partita by memory that was just stunning. Dave was also at Banff as a teacher when Ryan and I were there. Although I met Dave in NYC a year earlier (I saw him on a *sick* quartet gig with Dave Liebman), many of my current associations and projects have roots in Banff.

Back in Texas for a week or two, I’ve been giving some masterclasses at some fine Houston area high school jazz programs. I also just learned that I’m the recipient of a 2010-2011 ASCAPlus Award, which is a honorable recognition for composers who have works performed in non-mainstream types of venues.

More news soon, but in the meantime I’m on Facebook if you are interested in the various goings on of my creative pursuits, some of them involving the trombone.

Thanks for your interest,


Alessi in Texas

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Nathaniel Brickens and the UT Austin trombone studio will be hosting Joseph Alessi as he presents a series of free masterclasses and a recital at the University of Texas this week. The details:

Monday, September 13:
Masterclass, 6-9 PM, Recital Studio

Tuesday, September 14:
Convocation, 1-2 PM, Bates Recital Hall
Masterclass, 4-6 PM, Recital Studio

Wednesday, September 15:
Masterclass, 6-8 PM, Recital Studio

Thursday, September 16:
Recital, 7:30 PM Jessen Auditorium

Visit the UT Trombone Studio site for more info.

Alessi will be returning to Austin on September 26 to perform with the UT Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conducting. That concert is at 7 PM in the Bass Concert Hall and will also feature the Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Ticket information for this concert can be found here.

Tuesday Listening: Marshall Gilkes

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

No description is really necessary…

Alessi Seminar Moving South

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Maybe Joseph Alessi enjoys good football. Or maybe he thinks Jonathan Whitaker is a cool guy. Whatever the reason, he’s taking the Alessi Seminar to the University of Alabama in 2011. Here are the details:

2011 Alessi Seminar
July 29 – August 6
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

If you’re serious about a career in music, we highly recommend you attend the Alessi Seminar, either as a participant or auditor.

Amanda Stewart in the New York Times

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Amanda Stewart recently won the associate principal trombone position in the New York Philharmonic. Now she’s being featured in the New York Times. We particularly like the nice shot of the Alessi Model.

Joseph Alessi Interview

Friday, August 6th, 2010

No we do not wear sweaters in August in Wisconsin.

It took us a while to get to post this video but we hope you enjoy it.

Karol Gajda Can Play!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Edwards and Griego Mouthpieces teamed up to help bring Karol Jan Gajda to the recent ITF in Austin. Only 18 years old, Karol shows some amazing talent! He purchased his T396-A from Music Bertram in Freiburg Germany.

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