Gene Allen

Eugene Sufana Allen (born December 5, 1928, East Chicago, Indiana - February 14, 2008) was an American jazz reedist, who primarily played baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.

Allen began playing clarinet and piano as a child, and was playing with Louis Prima at age 15 in 1944. He stayed in Prima's band until 1947, then worked with Claude Thornhill in 1949-1950 and Tex Beneke in 1951-1953. In 1953 he began playing with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, playing with them intermittently until 1961, and also worked with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Hal McKusick in the 1950s. Toward the end of the decade, and into the early 1960s, he worked with Gerry Mulligan, Manny Albam, Woody Herman, Thelonious Monk, and Bob Brookmeyer. Later associations include work with Urbie Green, Mundell Lowe, Rod Levitt, and Rusty Dedrick.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 5th, 1928 (Chicago), Died February 14th, 2008

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 104855 4/23/1958 Song of India Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104856 4/23/1958 Tea for two cha cha Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104857 4/23/1958 My baby just cares for me Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104858 4/23/1958 Boogie woogie Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104872 4/24/1958 Swanee river Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104873 4/23/1958 Opus one Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104874 4/24/1958 Hawaiian war chant Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 104875 4/24/1958 I'm gettin' sentimental over you Warren Covington ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 105627 11/24/1958 A helluva town George Russell Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 105628 11/24/1958 Manhattan-Rico George Russell Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7344 9/1/1953 Chattanooga choo choo Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7345 9/1/1953 Danny's hideaway Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7346 9/1/1953 Mr. Peepers Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7347 9/1/1953 Cimarron Tex Beneek Orchestra instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Allen, Gene," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/300980.

Allen, Gene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/300980.

"Allen, Gene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/300980

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