Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Carl Allen Masterclass

Wednesday, January 18 2017, 7:00pm

The free masterclass is open to the public and will be held in the Helen Bader Recital Hall at the McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion, 1584 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee. For more information about the Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Masterclass Series or WCM, please call 414-276-5760 or visit wcmusic.org.

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is proud to present the Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Masterclass Series, featuring national and local jazz professionals. The first masterclass of the series will be given by Milwaukee native, Carl Allen.

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted New York-based drummer and educator, Carl Allen’s profound percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen’s multifaceted career is the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

After graduating from William Patterson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance, Allen went on to play with Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Lena Horne, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and many others. Allen remains active as a sideman for Christian McBride and Inside Straight, as well as Benny Golson, and maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring, and teaching. Education has always been part of Allen’s mission — “Every generation needs someone to help them get to the next level and this what I am hoping to do.”

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Benny Golson and Brian Lynch with We Six

Weasler Auditorium, on the Marquette University Campus
1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

For tickets to see Benny Golson, Brian Lynch and We Six on March 18 call 414-276-5760 or purchase online here.

Friday, March 18th, 2016 – 7:30pm

Benny Golson, tenor saxophone
Brian Lynch, trumpet
Eric Jacobson, trumpet
Eric Schoor, tenor saxophone
Paul Silbergleit, guitar
Mark Davis, piano
Jeff Hamann, bass
Dave Bayles, drums


While in high school in Philadelphia, Golson played with several other promising young musicians, including John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney. After graduating from Howard University, Golson joined Bull Moose Jackson’s rhythm and blues band; Tadd Dameron, whom Golson came to consider the most important influence on his writing, was Jackson’s pianist at the time.

From 1953 to 1959 Golson played with Dameron’s band and then with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with whom he recorded the classic Moanin’ in 1958.

Golson was working with the Lionel Hampton band at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1956 when he learned that Clifford Brown, a noted and well-liked jazz trumpeter who had done a stint with him in Dameron’s band, had died in a car accident. Golson was so moved by the event that he composed the threnody “I Remember Clifford”, as a tribute to a fellow musician and friend.

In addition to “I Remember Clifford,” many of Golson’s compositions have become jazz standards. Songs such as “Stablemates,” “Killer Joe,” “Whisper Not,” “Along Came Betty,” and “Are You Real?” have been performed and recorded numerous times by many musicians.

Golson at “Kimball’s” Jazz club, San Francisco, with the Jazztet, July 21, 1985.
From 1959 to 1962 Golson co-led the Jazztet with Art Farmer. Golson then left jazz to concentrate on studio and orchestral work for 12 years. During this time he composed music for such television shows as Ironside, Room 222, M*A*S*H, The Partridge Family and Mission: Impossible. During the mid-1970s Golson returned to jazz playing and recording. In 1982 he re-organized the Jazztet.

In 1995 Golson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Golson made a cameo appearance in the 2004 movie The Terminal, related to his appearance in the A Great Day in Harlem photo; as of 2015, he is one of only two surviving musicians from the photo (the other being Sonny Rollins). As of 2007, he tours regularly.

In October 2007 Golson received the Mellon Living Legend Legacy Award presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, during the same month, he won the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award at the university’s 37th Annual Jazz Concert in the Carnegie Music Hall.

In November 2009, Benny was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame during a performance at the University of Pittsburgh’s annual jazz seminar and concert.

The Howard University Jazz Studies program created a prestigious award in his honor called the “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award” in 1996. Several distinguished jazz artists have received this award.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music 2015 Jazz Competition featuring Phil Woods & Brian Lynch

As part of the Festival, the 2015 Wisconsin Conservatory Jazz Competition will include spots for up to 8 middle school ensembles and 12 high school ensembles from schools located in the Midwest to participate in a user-friendly and educational performance/clinic format that will take place in the McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion, home of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Students and directors will have the opportunity to listen and learn from, as well as collaborate with, other professional and school musicians. Each ensemble will be given the opportunity to shine, showing off the hard work that they have put in throughout the school year, and to work with a clinician after their performance.

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