Artist Profiles

All of the artists that have performed at Bennetts Lane.

Allan Browne

Allan Browne presents most Monday nights at Bennetts Lane in his own poetic, magic and musical way (1st Monday of the month is for the Bennetts Lane BIG Band). Monday's are his platform for life, love and common (and not so common) psychological and philosophical quandries and the poeticism which forms in the eddies of music and the crevicesof spiritual hearts. He has a number of projects that he presents including his award winning quintet, his quartet "Three Turks and a Wasp", and a number of different trios. 

Initially self taught, Allan spent the 1960's establishing the Red Onion Jazz Band internationally, along with close friends Brett Iggulden and Bill Howard. He led this group through three extended European tours (including appearances at the Polish and Hungarian Jazz Festivals) in 1967,1969 and 1994. From the mid 1970's to the mid 1990's, after studying percussion with Graham Morgan, Allan worked extensively with Peter Gaudion, Geoff Kitchen, Ken Shroeder, Vince Jones, Barney Mc All, Steve Grant and Paul Grabowsky's Trio and Quintet. Simultaneously he led the contemporary jazz group Onaje, which was selected to represent Australia at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival in 1992.

Also in demand as an accompanist, Allan has worked with over 35 International Jazz icons including Milt Jackson, Jay Mc Shann, Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Art Hodes, Barney Kessel, Urbie Green, Buddy Tate, Joe Newman, Mal.Waldren, Johnny Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Wild Bill Davidson, Urbie Green, Ronnie Scott, Charlie Bird, Ralph Sutton, Sheilah Jordan, Red Holloway, Emily Remla and Richie Cole.

Browne has been awarded five grants by the Australia Council, including one for Onaje to tour nationally in 1989 and three for recording. His discography totals over 70 LP's or CDs, including The Red Onion's "Big Band Memories", "Creole Rhapsody" and "Crisis". The Paul Grabowsky Trio's "Six by Three" (Aria best jazz album 1990) and "When Words Fail" (1995, Aria best jazz album 1996), Onaje's "Straight as a Briefcase ", New Orlean's Rascal's "Out of Nowhere", "Genre Jumpin Jazz", his Quartet's "BirdCalls", Shelley Scown's "Angel", Browne,Haywood and Steven's "Sudden in a Shaft of Sunlight" and His New Rascal's "East St. Kilda Toodleoo. (The last five were short-listed for Aria awards).

In the 1990's Allan performed with the Paul Grabowsky Trio, Onaje, The Paul Rettke Quartet, Shelley Scown and Margie Lou Dyer, while leading The New Orleans Rascals and co-leading four trios which alternated regularly at his residency on Mondays at Bennett's Lane. All of these working collaborations have had CDs released to strong critical acclaim and are firmly established on the National Festival Circuit. Partnerships have included Gary Costello and Barry Duggan, Tim Stevens and Nick Haywood. Currently Allan is working with Eugene Ball and Nick Haywood, Gary Costello, David Rex, Andrea Keller, Geoff Hughes, Ben Robertson and the genre bending larger group of young turks, "Jazz Ark".

Allan has also been involved in many film scores including Paul Grabowsky's AFI award-winning music for the documentary on Joy Hester, "The Goodlooker" and Sue Stamps animated "The Whirligig". Television credits include "The Esso Jazz Summit", Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Bodgie Da Da and the Birth Of Cool "Access All areas", The ABC Arts Programs and many variety appearances.

Allan lectured in Jazz history and appreciation, worked as a visiting artist at the Victorian College of the Arts and taught privately and at Geelong Grammar School. A full member of APRA, he served three years on the Music Committee of the Australia Council and was chairman of the Melbourne Jazz Co-op and Victorian representative on the National Jazz Coordinator's Advisory Committee. In the1960's Allan worked as production manager for Fred Schepisi's Film House then spent ten years as managing director of a fashion manufacturing business in the 1970's. During this time he was on the committee of the Fashion Industries Association of Australia. He also co-curated the exhibition "New Orleans and all that Jazz " at the Westpac gallery in Melbourne Arts Centre.

Browne is also a keen writer. He has some articles and poems published and is working on an anthology of poems and essays from the perspective of a forty year career as a jazz musician. He lives in Melbourne, Victoria with his wife Margie Lou Dyer (also a musician) and the two youngest of his five children (All of whom are musicians). In November 2000 he received the prestigious Don Banks Award for his contribution to Australian music. This grant of $60,000.00 by the Australia Council has only been awarded to one other jazz musician since its inception.


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PREVIOUS GIGS

Allan Browne with Scott Tinkler, Phil Rex & Julien Wilson
10 November 2014
Allan Browne - Virtual Anarchy
29 September 2014
Allan Browne with Scott McConnachie & Marty Holoubek
18 August 2014
Allan Browne Trio
16 June 2014
Allan Browne, Julien Wilson & Sam Pankhurst Trio
31 March 2014
Allan Browne - in Memorium of David Tolley
10 March 2014
Browne, Tolley, Tinkler & Walters Quartet
21 October 2013
Allan Browne & Eugene Ball Trio
02 September 2013
Allan Browne, Stephanie Bell & John Smeathers Trio
26 August 2013
Browne, Ball & Hannaford Trio
29 July 2013
Allan Browne, Paul Williamson, Mark Hannaford & Sam Pankhurst Quartet
08 July 2013
Allan Browne, Paul Williamson, Mark Hannaford & Sam Pankhurst Quartet
24 June 2013
Allan Browne, Julien Wilson & Samuel Pankhurst Trio
17 June 2013
MJC: Allan Browne Sextet (The Conjurer)
29 January 2013
Allan Browne with Mark Elton & Dave Rex
14 January 2013
Allan Browne with Colin Hopkins + Dean Addison
19 November 2012
Browne, Pankhurst + Dalgleish Trio
24 September 2012
Allan Browne Band
30 July 2012
Allan Browne, Phil Noy + Frank DiSario Trio
25 June 2012
Allan Browne Trio with John Smeathers + Sam Pankhurst
20 February 2012
Allan Browne, Sam Pankhurst + Phil Noy Trio
13 February 2012
Allan Browne Quartet
30 January 2012
Allan Browne with Sam Pankhurst, Eugene Ball + Phil Noy
09 January 2012
Allan Browne's Christmas Party
19 December 2011
Allan Browne Nihilist Trio meet the lonely Turk
05 December 2011
Allan Browne, Aaron Choulai + Tom Lee Trio
21 November 2011
Allan Browne Trio featuring Marc Hannaford + Sam Pankhurst
17 November 2011
Allan Browne's Nihilist Trio
14 November 2011
Allan Browne Trio featuring Phil Noy + Sam Pankhurst
10 October 2011
Browne, Robertson Noy Trio
19 September 2011