Biography

Welcome to the official website of saxophonist and composer, Brandon Allen.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon relocated to London in 2000.
Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles as a saxophonist.

Brandon is also busy as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films.
His distinctive sound has been featured on film soundtracks including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013)

He has performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Neil Diamond, US3, Antonio Forcione, Stefano Di Battista, Jason Rebello, Omar, Hamish Stuart, Kyle Eastwood, Mike Nock, Liane Caroll, Dennis Rollins, Gwyneth Herbert, Rumer, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Candi Staton, Carleen Anderson, James Torme, The BLOCKHEADS, Omar Kamal, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Gareth Williams, Will Vinson, Guy Barker, Natalie Williams, Mike Janisch, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Claire Martin, The BBC Big Band, Jesse Van Ruller, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck, Gerard Presencer, Mike Outram, Jim Mullen, Phil Robson, Ronnie Cuber, Lew Soloff, Mark Nightingale, Richie Cole, Reel People, Benjamin Herman, Nigel Hitchcock, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Beverley Knight and others.

He is the founder and director of the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival. (Please see "Highgate Jazz" page)

Festival appearances...

The Vittoria, Terassa and Barcelona Jazz Festivals (Spain)

Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark)

Monte Carlo and Marciac Jazz Festivals (France)

St Moritz Jazz Festival and Zermatt Unplugged (Switzerland)

The Australian Cultural Convention in the Philippines

Manly Jazz and Perth International Jazz Festivals (Australia)

Kanazawa Street Jazz Festival (Japan)

Festival Internacional de Santa Lucia (Mexico)

The London Jazz Festival

Oslo Jazz Festival (Norway)

Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy)

Jazzinec Jazz Festival (Czech Republic)

Venues played...

Royal Albert Hall (London)
The Blue Note (Milan, Tokyo, Nagoya, Beijing and Honolulu)
Jazzlab and The Paris Cat (Melbourne, Australia)
Pizza Express jazz Club (London)
Millenium Stadium in Wales
The Ellington (Perth, Australia)
Duc De Lombards and New Morning (Paris)
The Rex Club (Paris) - Opening for BB King
Schloss Elmau (Germany)
The Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Holland)
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Ronnie's Scott's in London.

Various corporate work has included performances at the Shard, The Savoy, The Dorchester, The Rosewood Hotel, The Intercontinental (Hong Kong), The Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz, Grosvenor House, Boisdales (Canary Wharf and Belgravia), The Royal Theatre in Monaco, The Bahrain Grand Prix and others.

He has performed for the Queen (Royal Variety Show), Camilla Parker Bowles and J K Rowling.
 
Brandon has toured throughout Australia, The Phillipines, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Scotland, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Bahrain, Holland, Germany, Czech Rebublic, Israel, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. 

Teaching...

Has taught privately for over 20 years.

Currently a professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London).

Masterclasses at The Sydney Conservatorium(Australia), LIPA(Liverpool), The London Contemporary College of Music, the Cambridge Jazz Co-op, The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival and at various venues around the UK and Australia whilst on tour.

Regularly leading saxophone masterclasses in conjunction with D'addario (Rico Royal reeds).

If you're interested in booking Brandon for a masterclass please get in touch by email: bdajazz77@hotmail.com.