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Allen Farnham '83, piano


Allen Farnham has been active in the New York City jazz scene as a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher since the early 1980s. The Boston native has performed and or recorded with Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Eddie Henderson, Frank Wess, Tom Harrell, Arthur Blythe, Special EFX, the John Fedchock NY Big Band, and Charlie Byrd. He also has accompanied a wide range of vocalists, including Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Liza Minnelli, Susannah McCorkle, Roseanna Vitro, and Helen Merrill.

Farnham has recorded extensively as both a leader and side musician, and as a staff producer and arranger for the West Coast-based jazz label, Concord Records. He also has served as that company's director of national radio promotion. A 1997 release by Concord Records, Allen Farnham Meets the RIAS Big Band, featured his original compositions and arrangements for the renowned RIAS Big Band of Berlin, Germany.

As a producer, he has more than 50 albums to his credit, working with such artists as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Lew Tabackin, Buddy DeFranco, and Jack McDuff. Farnham's arranging credits include recordings by Eden Atwood, Veronica Martell, Jesse Davis, and Monty Alexander, as well as his own albums.

The 1983 conservatory alumnus also holds a master of music degree in jazz composition and arranging at William Paterson University. He is presently an adjunct faculty member of the jazz department at New Jersey City University.

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