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Canadian Heritage

Buff Allen


BUFF ALLEN (drummer, percussionist, teacher) was born May 19, 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has had 39 years of professional playing experience in jazz, pop, theatre, recording studios, concert tours, television, and movies.

He worked in Toronto for eight years in the late '70s and early '80s with artists including Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Eugene Amaro, Hagood Hardy, Kathryn Moses, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Don Thompson, and visiting artists including Hank Jones, Teddy Wilson, Lenny Breau, Johnny Guenieri, Red Norvo, Johnny Hartman, and Maxine Sullivan.

Since returning to Vancouver in 1984, he has played with leading artists including Diana Krall, Paul Horn, Pat Coleman, Oliver Gannon, Fraser MacPherson, Ron Johnston, Tommy Banks, and Hugh Fraser, as well as visiting artists Benny Wallace, Joanne Brackeen, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Barry Harris, Mose Allison, Rob McConnell, and Guido Basso.

Since 1981, Buff Allen has become a familiar figure on jazz festival bandstands around the world from Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal in Canada to Dublin, Brussels, Glasgow, and The Netherlands.


1987 - Laureate. CBC-Alcan Jazz Competition. Montreal International Jazz Festival

1989 - Juno Award Winner for 'Best Jazz Album” (Hugh Fraser Quintet. Looking Up)

2003 - Juno Awards Nominee for 'Best Vocal Jazz Album’ (Joani Taylor and Bob Murphy)