Metuchen Jazz Presents
The Harry Allen Trio
WHEN: Wednesday, July 20th, 7:00 - 9:00PM - Doors open at 6:00PM
WHERE: NEW Location: Hailey’s Parlor (at Hailey's Harp & Pub), 15 Station Place, Metuchen Just a block from the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor – Metuchen.
TICKETS: $30 Ticket in Advance / 2 Drink MinimumTicketed (in advance) Event for 30 guests!
You're invited to join us when a small group of guests—a total of 30—enjoy the music of saxophonist Harry Allen and his Trio in a special ticketed jazz event in the “speakeasy style” Parlor of Hailey's Harp & Pub at 15 Station Place, Metuchen NJ, on the evening of Wednesday, July 20th. This special event takes place during Restaurant Week in Metuchen. Hailey’s Harp and Pub will have specials on their menu in honor of restaurant week!
Harry Allen is a world recognized tenor saxophonist who studied music at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ in the mid 80’s and spent plenty of time honing his jazz saxophone chops at Metuchen’s own The Cornerstone restaurant at New and Pearl streets, which became well recognized as “THE” jazz club in Central Jersey. Harry recalls getting his start in the mid 80’s with “sitting in” (being invited to join in and play) by legendary jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli whose son John was also performing on guitar.
Since graduating from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988, Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with many of the giants of this music, including Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Rosemary Clooney, Kenny Burrell, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache and Scott Hamilton – just to name a few. Harry has won numerous awards. Most recently, he was inducted into the Jazz Monsters Hall of Fame at SOKA University of America in California.
Harry Allen has recorded over 70 CDs as a leader and many more as a sideman. In 2020, his CD Under a Blanket of Blue with guitarist Dave Blenkhorn, recorded remotely during the pandemic and mixed and mastered by Harry was a top three finalist for France’s Acadamie du Jazz’s Prix du Jazz Classique. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award.
Harry has recorded 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, Al Foster, among others. Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.
And a quote from Martin McFie of All About Jazz: “Harry Allen sounds like Harry Allen…His technique is as close to perfect as a swing tenor saxophone can get. Clear and clean, minimal and traditional, Allen plays mellow in the higher register, never forcing or splitting notes. He has an intensity of talent recognized and respected by a list of jazz men from a place up above the top shelf.”