Coming Home

Coming Home

Lolly Allen

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552217827
Catalog number: OA2 22178
Releasedate: 21-02-20
- Lolly Allen's debut album on OA2 Records!
- Arrangements by Lolly Allen, Josh Nelson and Tom Owens
With inspiration provided by myriad jazz masters and the Los Angeles musicians she surrounds herself with, vibist Lolly Allen creates a warm, swinging, and jubilant set of music on "Coming Home." Opening with Horace Silver's "The Hippest Cat in Hollywood," she celebrates the LA jazz scene that developed out of the flourishing Central Ave clubs of the '50s. Surrounding herself with revered veterans of the scene, such as drummer Paul Kreibich and pianist Tom Owens, and young, vital members of the next generation, including pianist Josh Nelson and saxophonist Danny Janklow, Lolly delivers invigorated perspectives of the quintet group dynamic. Classics like Mario Bauza's "Mambo Inn" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" are paired with Allen’s originals, “Little Hummingbird” and the title cut, in a seamless blend of supple ideas and renewed approaches to traditional repertoire.

Vibraphonist and Composer Lolly Allen has performed with top musicians including Terry Gibbs, Bob Mintzer, Rodney Whitaker, Maria Schneider, Donald Byrd, Plas Johnson, Jiggs Whigham, and The Jazz Composers Alliance. In 2016 she was the first woman to be awarded the L.A Jazz Society's Vibe Summit XXIII Honoree Award. In 2017, she was invited to present legendary vibist Terry Gibbs with his Hall of Fame Induction at the World Vibes Congress, and was included in the Malletech Publication "Masters of the Vibes". She has performed around the world at venues such as the International Marimba & Vibraphone Festival in Lima, Peru, Knitting Factory, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz, Vitello's, Catalina Jazz Club, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party, WGBH FM's "Eric in the Evening", Ron DellaChiesa's "Jazz Songbook", and Capitol Records.

Originally from Westport, New York, Lolly studied on scholarship at the New England Conservatory and received the honor of performing her original composition "Daylight Savings" in the graduation concert. She received classical training from world-renowned percussionist Gordon Stout at Ithaca College, and has studied improvisation with a host of jazz masters, including Danilo Perez, Dave Samuels, George Garzone, John McNeil, & Cecil McBee.