Biography (full)

Graduating from Glasgow University, majoring in composition, Allon has built up a burgeoning reputation as one of Scotland’s leading Baritone Saxophonists.

Founder member of Brass Jaw, Allon manages, promotes, composes and performs. From its inception in 2004 as a saxophone quartet, Brass Jaw has gained wide spread critical acclaim with a rapid rise in popularity. With five UK tours with the support of Jazz Services Touring Support Grant, they were selected to represent Scotland in Europe, at the Clusone Jazz Festival, Italy 2006 and as Scottish representatives at the Jazz Ahead conference, Bremen 2009. Brass Jaw have regularly performed live on national radio, the most notable of these being commissions by John Surman on BBC radio 3 for the British Composers Awards, 2009. In the same year Brass Jaw’s UK tour included a five day run at the London Jazz Festival. Further successes include winning the ‘Ensemble of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and performances in the British Showcase at the Rochester Jazz Festival, USA, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France, European Culture Festival, Algeria, Vossa Jazz, Norway, Saxophonia, Latvia and Jazzkaar, Estonia. Of their five CD releases over 10 years Allon’s original compositions have featured in each to great critical acclaim.

As a performer Allon tours with the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble, the Ryan Quigley Big Band, BBC Big Band, the Andy Mears Big Band, Wigan Reunion Dream Big Band, Ken Mathison’s Classic Jazz Orchestra and the Fife Jazz Orchestra. For eight years he performed primarily with The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, under the directorship of Tommy Smith. During this period he played with some of the world’s leading international composers and performers including Maria Schneider and Geoffrey Keezer. Additionally Allon performed on many commissions by Scottish composers with the SNJO including The Solar Suite, Planet Wave, Famous Scots ‘Present and Past’, The Edinburgh Suite, Beauty and the Beast and Torah.

His duo Spoken Mirror collaborates with the renowned artist George Birrell taking Birrell’s works as inspiration for the ensembles compositions in a joint visual and musical performance, premiering in the Glasgow Jazz Festival with further concerts across Scotland’s Central Belt. In 2014 he was musical director and arranger for the SRD Commonwealth Games fashion show at the City Halls.

Allon has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin. His session work credentials includes Sharleen Spiteri’s solo album “Melody”, David Byrne’s sound track to the film “Young Adam” starring Ewan McGregor, and performances on TV most notably Joz Tenuto big band (Hogmany Live – BBC Scotland), TV theme tunes, (Boiling Point – STV), live national radio broadcasts (Hung Drawn Quartet – Brian Morton show) and, to date, appearances on over twenty albums.

Allon has also performed, recorded and toured with The Commitments, Brian Byrne, The Pearl Fishers, Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian, Martha Reeves, Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, The Burt MacDonald Quartet, The Hung Drawn Quartet and Bill Wells.

As an educationalist Allon teaches saxophone on the University of Glasgow Music degree course and is Musical Director with the community based Zig Zag Big Band and with Brass Jaw has received awards for innovation for their renowned educational workshops.