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653 Rosemere Circle
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 291-9080
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About Us

Celebrating their 13th anniversary this year, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band is swinging as hard as ever. With 10 recordings, a growing fan club, a jam-packed performance schedule and hardly any changes in personnel over the years, this band has come a long way from their early “kicks band” days. While originally inspired by the great arrangements of Matty Matlock and Billy Maxted they have branched out to include a lot of great material from the era of small band swing. Their Traditional roots are very much intact, however. If you like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bob Crosby, Doc Severinson, Billy May, Phil Napolean, Bob Haggart, You’ll hear them all at a Bill Allred’s Classic JAZZ Band set.

This hard-swinging unit started out as a "kicks band" collecting and playing some of the early works of small band arranged jazz. Just for the fun of it, The band went to a few Jazz festivals. That was 12 years and 9 recordings ago! Now the band is well known for playing a varied collection of music from 1920's to present day, With such a versatile program, the band is almost impossible to pigeon-hole. That is why the word "indescribable" often comes up when people try to quickly classify this group.

The band's portfolio includes music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billy May, Bob Crosby, King Oliver, Bob Haggart, Matty Matlock and Billy Maxted. While the group has deep roots in Classic and traditional Jazz, you will also hear charts by Joe DeWeese, Dave Wolpe, Scott Whitfield and many other modern day arrangers, custom written for this incredible ensemble. BILL ALLRED’S CLASSIC JAZZ BAND has developed a reputation for their varied and sometimes outrageous choice of material and their unbelievable power and musical fire!. All of this is wrapped up in a neat package that also includes superb individual improvisation, soulful vocals and a lot of good musical fun. For a band that really didn't intend to follow the Festival and concert trail, they are approaching a tenth year of touring and enjoying an ever growing following of dedicated fans.

Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band has appeared at Jazz Festivals in Sacramento, Palm Springs and Mammoth Lakes, California; Clearwater, Florida; Sisters and Medford, Oregon; Davenport, Iowa, Decatur, Illinois, Sun Valley, Idaho; lacrosse, Wisconsin; Elkhart, Indiana; International Jazz Festivals in Birmingham, England and Bern, Switzerland and concerts in London and Southampton. Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band also enjoyed the coveted title of "Jazz Band in Residence" during a week long performance at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 1993.

In September of 1999 the band performed on the Crystal Cruise Ship Symphony on a two week tour of the Mediterranean. As a exciting climax to the cruise, the band played at the prestigious Rome Jazz Club ALPHEUS. The event was a fund-raiser for the Rome-based World Food Program. The concert was very successful and raised a considerable sum of money to send food to the people of Angola.

A very active recording program has resulted in 9 CD releases: STAND BACK, LIVE AND KICKIN', HONG KONG BLUES, RED HOT SESSIONS, SWING RIOT, MEET ME WHERE THEY PLAY THE BLUES, VERSATILITY, SWINGIN’ IN SUN VALLEY, LEAN MEAN SWING MACHINE,, and the latest: A 12 year collection of their best swing tracks, THE CLASSIC SWING COLLECTION A color video with hi-fi stereo sound is also available.

Members Bios

Bill Allred leader, trombone John Allred trombone
Charlie Bertini trumpet Bobby Pickwood trumpet
Terry Myers reeds Warren Sauer drums
Jay Mueller bass Bill Hunter piano
Randy Morris piano    

 

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