Brian Allen Duo Touring Texas

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,