“She stands out as a player with an alternatingly pure and hard-toned strength, facility and imagination.” -
Gapplegate Music Review
Juno-nominated in 2013 for their debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey,” the Allison Au Quartet is a Toronto-based modern Jazz ensemble. Since it’s formation in 2009, the group has maintained a steady performance schedule at Toronto’s major Jazz clubs. The group has also attended the Creative Music Residency at the renowned Banff Centre for three consecutive years (2011-2013) funded by the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship,The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship, and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship.
Saxophonist/composer Allison Au is constantly intrigued by new sounds and textures and strives to emanate a sense of exploration and discovery in her work. She aims to create musical templates that sound fresh, unconventional, yet engaging and thought-provoking.
As a composer/arranger, Allison’s work has been featured with Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band (Canada), Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Blue Note recording artist Ruben Hein (The Netherlands), The Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands), The WDR Big Band Orchestra (Germany), and The Filarmonica 900 del Teatro Regio and Torino Jazz Orchestra (Italy).
- Allison Au – Tenor Saxophone
- Todd Pentley- piano,
- Jon Maharaj – Bass,
- Fabio Ragnelli- drums
Allison plays “Cherokee”