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biography

Allen Won is a musician who has embraced a diverse career. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music (NYC), Allen trained under saxophonist Harvey Pittel and the legendary Joe Allard. While in college Allen made the most of his evenings involving himself in as many opportunities to sit in at jam sessions around NYC.

Allens eclectic performance itinerary has encompassed playing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, many of the orchestras in and around New York including the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the City Opera, The New Jersey Philharmonic and various jazz and experimental groups (including Mario Pavone, Barbara Sfraga, Mala Waldron, Steve Bernstein). Among the many venues he has performed in a few are CBGBs, the Blue Note in NYC and in Japan, the Knitting Factory in NYC, the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY, Carnegie Hall, NYC, the 92nd Street Y, NYC, Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts, Stamford College Palo Alto, CA, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also several Broadway shows.

He has recorded along with Kenny Garrett, Thomas Chapin, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jerome Kitzke, Benny Rietveld and Tiger Okoshi. The Jewel in the Lotus is his first solo recording featuring his own compositions. Allen is based in New York.

reviews

"The strong individuality of the instrumentalists - particularly Allen Won's wide ranging saxophone - produces a shifting kaleidoscope of musical colors that turns each piece into a multifaceted cameo."
- The New York Times

"A super sax player named Allen Won drifts about the stage like an amiable Pied Piper."
- The Kansas City Star

"Music critics have described Won as 'dazzling and wide ranging.' He has performed with orchestras and jazz ensembles. This order of versatility makes me want to call him the Wynton Marsalis of the saxophone."
- Robert Kogan, Conductor, The Staten Island Orchestra

"Audiences react to his performances with enthusiasm."
- Weekly Vista

"Won's winds sinuous silver threads of sound up and down his sax, making it clarinet, flute and jazz siren by turns and was exceptional in everything he played."
- Staten Island Advance

"Won's fills and solos in flute and soprano and alto saxes provide added touches of spontaneity and depth."
- RCC Cultural Arts Center

"Allen Won's baritone saxophone playing has a special eloquence."
- The New York Times

 

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discography


The Allen Won Quartet
The Jewel in the Lotus


Galt McDermott and New Pulse Band
El Nino


Napua Davoy
Until We Meet Again


Kiyoto Fujiwara
Live at Sweet Basil, NYC


Pam Fleming
Fearless Dreamer


The Outtakes
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