LINA ALLEMANO (trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer) was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A professional musician by the age of 15, she relocated to Toronto in 1993 and has since performed with a lengthy roster of jazz greats including Howard Johnson, Don Byron, Dave Holland, Mike Murley, and Joe Lovano.
She was invited to play with Ingrid Jensen in Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City, and was among 25 young trumpet-players featured recently in a Downbeat Magazine article entitled “25 Trumpeters for the Future: A New Generation of Trumpeters Pave the Way for Jazz’s Next Innovations”.
As well as fronting her own band, the Lina Allemano Four, and the improvisational group N, she is also a member of the Paul Read Orchestra (PRO), Tim Posgate's Hornband, the Cluttertones, the Jane Fair / Rosemary Galloway Quintet, Marianne Trudel, Tim Posgate, Tania Gill, and other bands in both Toronto, New York, and Europe. She appears on more than 25 recordings.
Her debut recording, Concentric, was released in 2003 and featured guitarist David Occhipinti, bassist Andrew Downing, and drummer Anthony Michelli.
Her group the Lina Allemano Four features sophonist Brodie West, bassist Andrew Downing, and drummer Nick Fraser. The group has released four recordings, including Pinkeye (2006), Gridjam (2008), Jargon (2010), and Live at the Tranzac (2012).
She studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and has studied advanced technique with respected New York trumpet master Laurie Frink.
She has received support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Yamaha Canada Music, which she continues to represent as a Yamaha Artist.
2005 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'CBC Galaxie Rising Star'
2005 - National Jazz Awards winner as 'Trumpeter of the Year'
2005 - Named Canadian Independent Music Awards 'Favorite Jazz Artist'