Info & Appearances

Career Highlights: 

• 2003 Juno Nominee, best vocal jazz album, Joani Taylor and Bob Murphy

• 1989 Juno Award winner, best jazz album  (Hugh Fraser Quintet, "Looking Up")

• 1987 Laureate, CBC-Alcan Jazz Competition Montreal Jazz Festival

• performances with Ed Bickert, Johnny Hartman, Lenny Breau, Teddy Wilson, all world renowed jazz musicians

• 1991 Canada Council Jury member for "B" grant selection


• Albums with: Bob Murphy and Joani Taylor, Hugh Fraser Quintet, Pat Coleman, Veji Big Band, Johnny Hartman (his last album), Kathryn Moses, Ron Allen, June Katz, Almeta Speaks, Mr. Dressup, the late Kathy Kidd, Art & Lee Ellefson, Norman Foote, Roger Whittaker. 

• numerous film scores, jingles, and radio shows (Canada & England)

• television work with Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman, Mr.Dressup, Bob McLean Show (Toronto), Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard, all of the McGyver soundtracks that have been recorded in Vancouver, The Black Stallion, Neon Rider, Scene of the Crime, two years on Lonesome Dove, one season on the soundtracks of These Arms of Mine (2000)and some episodes of Ed Eddy & Ed (composed by Patric Caird), and a variety of charity telethons (house band)

•early 80's recording with Daniel Lanois

Jazz Work:

• 8 years in Toronto with artists such as Ed Bickert, the late Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Eugene Amaro, the late Hagood Hardy, Kathryn Moses, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Don Thompson, and visiting artists such as Hank Jones,Teddy Wilson, Lenny Breau, Johnny Guenieri, Red Norvo,Johnny Hartman, Maxine Sullivan 

• 20 years back in Vancouver with artists such as Diana Krall, the late Paul Horn, Pat Coleman, Sal Ferreras, Oliver Gannon, Fraser Mcpherson, Ron Johnston, Tom Banks, Hugh Fraser, Kathy Kidd, Veji, Drum Heat,and visiting artists such as Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Barry Harris, Mose Allison, Carol Welsman, Andy LaVerne 

Popular Work:

• Concert tours with Sharon, Lois & Bram, Shirley Eikhard, the late Hagood Hardy, Ann Mortifee, Ken Hamm, Time to Sing (gospel), Norman Foote, Howie Mandell


Ballet BC:  "Streecar Named Desire," choreographed by John Alleyne, with original score composed by Tobin Stokes; April, 2006 


•Peter Pan, Chorus Line, and local Arts Club productions--Only in B.C., Only in Vancouver, Time to Sing, Little Shop of Horrors, Six Women Want To Know, Blues in the Night, Reflections on Crooked Walking, Threepenny Opera, Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Altar Boyz, Blood Brothers


• drum instructor at Malaspina College, Nanaimo, 1984-95

• University of Victoria Summer Jazz Workshop instructor, 1995 & 2003

• Courtney Youth Music Camp, substitute instructor

• drum clinic - Koblenz, Germany (1987)

• drum instructor at Grant McKewan College, Edmonton (1973)

•Nanaimo Summer Jazz Workshop, 1993-2008

•Kelowna Summer Jazz Workshop, 1995


• drum master classes with Marvin "Smitty " Smith, 1987

• theory and harmony with the late Gordon Delamont and the late Darwyn Aitken

• Bachelor's Degree from Thompson Rivers University

Fifty years of professional playing experience. (and still can't get it right.)             © Buff Allen 2014