Lina Allemano Four

Lina Allemano Four


The band is known for its forward motion and inventiveness, and is definitely not afraid of taking risks. It showcases Lina's quirky yet deeply lyrical songwriting style combined with her creative, expressive flair and knack for the unexpected.


Lina Allemano is a Toronto jazz trumpeter/composer with an established career playing, recording and touring internationally. As well as fronting her band Lina Allemano Four and the improvising group "N", she is also a member of Tim Posgate's Jazzstory & Hornband and the Jane Fair / Rosemary Galloway Quintet. Lina appears on over 25 recordings including her own newly released CD, Lina Allemano Four Pinkeye.

Lina was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and began playing professionally at the age of 15. She moved to Toronto in 1993 and has since had the opportunity to perform with jazz greats including tuba-legend Howard Johnson, Don Byron, Dave Holland, Mike Murley, and Joe Lovano, and she has recently been invited to play with Ingrid Jensen in Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City.

Lina was winner of the 2005 National Jazz Awards' CBC Galaxie Rising Star and she was nominated for the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Awards Favorite Jazz Artist and the 2005 National Jazz Awards Trumpeter of the Year.

Lina has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts Residencies and Jazz Workshops. She has received support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Yamaha Canada Music.

Lina Allemano Four, Pinkeye is Lina's second CD as leader and it showcases her quirky yet deeply lyrical songwriting style combined with her expressive flair on the trumpet and knack for the unexpected. Her group is known for its forward motion and inventiveness, and they are definitely not afraid of taking risks. These 4 creative musicians cross over from improvised music to jazz in their musical lives, and hence lend a fresh and free-spirited feel to the new recording. In the spirit of Ornette Coleman, their music has both a strong melodic concept and an inherent looseness and openness. A stimulating dynamic of interaction and spontaneity assures that the group's live performances are always lighthearted and full of surprises.

Alto saxophonist Brodie West currently resides in Amsterdam and has recorded with Dutch master drummer Han Bennink. Bassist Andrew Downing won a Juno Award and the Grand Prix de Jazz for his group The Great Uncles of the Revolution. Drummer Nick Fraser co-leads the group Drumheller and is one of Toronto's most in-demand musicians.

Lina Allemano Four's past highlights have included: 2005 Atlantic Jazz Festival in Halifax; TVO's Studio 2 'In Performance' Oct 2004; 2004 Kingston Jazz Festival; CBC Radio Jazz Beat Studio Recording/Broadcast Apr 2003; 2003 Ottawa International Jazz Festival; 2003 Concentric Tour across Canada. They have also played many concerts in Toronto throughout the past several years.

Lina Allemano Four brings their newly released CD, Pinkeye, on tour in Canada through Oct/Nov 2006 with support from Canada Council for the Arts.


Selected Discography:

Lina Allemano Four
Pinkeye, LUMO Records 2006

Lina Allemano Four
Concentric, LUMO Records 2003

Tim Posgate
Tim Posgate Hornband Featuring Howard Johnson, Guildwood Records 2005

Tim Posgate
Jazzstory, Guildwood Records 2002

Rosemary Galloway/Jane Fair
Waltz Out, Independent 2002

Highwire, True North Records 2002

Rob Clutton
Holstein Dream Pageant, Snail Bong Bong Records 2002

Achilla Orru
Dho-Mach, Independent 2004

William Carn/Lina Allemano
Old Souls, Carn-Allemano Productions 1998

Set List

Set Lists include, among others:

Pinkeye (Lina Allemano)
Tumbleweed (Lina Allemano)
OK Joni (Lina Allemano)
BLAN (Lina Allemano)
Don't Sneeze (Lina Allemano)
Gridjam (Lina Allemano)
Baw Baw Be (Lina Allemano)
Let's Call This (Thelonious Monk)
Mob Job (Ornette Coleman)
Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington)
My Man's Gone Now (George Gershwin)

Sets are usually 1 hour each x 2 and include mostly originals and a few jazz classics (Monk, Coleman, Ellington, Gershwin, etc).