Allon Sams and Friends

Allon Sams and Friends

BandJazzR&B

I play piano along with my 4 pc band and we cover mostly smooth jazz funk with some pop vocal cover songs as well. We get the crowd going by getting them to participate and dance. Very rarely can we get away without doing "one more!"

Biography

I think of my music as being a funky and exciting version of what you hear on smooth jazz radio. Live, it is sooo much better! It is influenced by Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, George Duke and David Benoit with vocals and interaction between players and the audience. We are not your cocktail party band or wedding band!Accompanied by a full band with a diverse repertoire, Allon performs at Bay area jazz clubs, festivals and concerts. He has performed as an opening act for many artists including George Benson, Boney James, Rick Braun, Peter White, Regina Belle, Special EFX, Paul Taylor, Richard Elliot, Patti Austin, Brian Culbertson, David Sanborn, Fattburger and Najee. Allon’s 2nd album, “A Place In Time”, began it’s marketing campaign in the summer of 2001. The first spellbinding single “Time Alone” features Peter White and showcases a perfect musical partnering of piano and guitar! It was also selected to be included in the WSJT 94.1 CD Sampler Vol. 5.

“A Place In Time” has received international recognition and has been included on many jazz radio shows including Café Jazz in Canada, Australia, Ukraine and most notably, Jazz FM in the United Kingdom. Radio talent and former host of Fusion Flavour, Steve Quirk, named “The Sun Will Shine” his #1 pick for 2001! “The Sun Will Shine” was selected to be included on Jazz FM’s compilation CD “Dreamin’” and continues to get airplay. Also “Feelin’ It” was included on another compilation from Jazz FM called "Venice Beach".
Allon has performed at numerous major Jazz festivals in Florida and has opened the 25th Anniversary of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October 2004 and the Jacksonville Jazz Fest following the release of his 3rd CD “Music and Laughter”. WSJT has added the first track from that cd "Layin' It Down" to their rotation and is now in stores. In November of 2004 Allon went on tour with Peter White to England for over 2 weeks and played at sold out venues while being featured with his own music during Peter's show. He sometimes tours with Peter on the East Coast which in the past included Louisiana, Georgia, and several major venues and jazz festivals in Florida. Allon is the creator and producer for "Jazz To The Maxx" which features Les Sabler, Eric Darius, Fred Johnson and Gene Cannon. The group has performed sold out shows in the Bay Area including Ruth Eckerd Hall and The 2006 Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Les Sabler's new cd "Sweet Drive" showcases Allon's writing skills once again for the title track which features Eric Marienthal and Jeff Lorber. It has been released on September 25, 2007 and is getting awesome reviews by the highest media formats in the business.

When you listen to Allon's music - from the first song you know you’ve begun an emotional journey, and when you reach the end, you’re grateful your soul has met and merged with this awesome talent!

Discography

Too many to list. www.allonsams.info

Set List

Originals from my 4 cds. Covers include songs by Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, Al Green, Kem, Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Sample, Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong, James Brown, etc.