The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is proud to be a presenting partner for the Allison Au Quartet's performance at the 2020 DC JazzFest.
The 16th Annual DC JazzFest streams live from Thursday, September 24th through Monday, September 28th, with over 20 performances from international superstars and homegrown talent alike, plus interviews and more exclusive jazz content. Watch it live on the DC JazzFest Facebook page.
Presented by the DC JazzFest and made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.
Juno-award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Arranger, Allison Au refuses to be defined. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison found music as a young child. She was exposed to a wide array of musical styles but was captivated by the unhinged freedom of Jazz. Jazz became Allison’s lab for self-expression, exploration, and musical experimentation. Her music weaves a mosaic of influences into a seamless and soulful sound, a concoction steeped in the tradition of Jazz but skillfully laced with elements of Classical, Pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin, and world music.
Au’s music transports you to a place where instrumentals ring bold and emotions run free. Melodies cascade and collide, highlighting Au’s gift for layering voices and rhythms. Her writing showcases the colour and character of each instrument, while providing ample room for her dedicated bandmates to push her compositions to new heights.
At just 27, Au earned her first Juno nomination for her debut album, “The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey”, and at 30 she seized the Juno for "Best Jazz Album of The Year: Group" for “Forest Grove.” Formed in 2009, the Allison Au Quartet has toured extensively in Canada and the US. The group was awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012), and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) for three consecutive artist residencies at the Banff Centre.