Allan’s trumpet lead is what makes Manchester Jazz one of the mighty bands. His “go for it” solo work has a distinctive edge as he slips and slides in and out of the melody line – like a bar of soap in the bath. Allan played alongside Mart in the Zenith Six in 1958 and was a founder member of the Stockport-based Dallas Jazz Band. He has toured Europe widely, sometimes in Monty Sunshine’s Band, playing at many Jazz festivals. One of USA Guitarist Marty Grosz’s favourite accompanists on his European tours has been Allan on trumpet.
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In 1982 Mart Rodger and his wife Janet were in New Orleans, the birth place of jazz. At Maison Bourbon on Bourbon Street he was invited to “sit in” with the resident band and the audience response to his playing was exciting and exhilarating... Read more