2019 JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP | Allison Au Quartet | | The JUNO Awards

Allison Au is an award-winning Canadian saxophonist, composer and arranger. She is the leader of the Allison Au Quartet, formed in 2009. Au’s debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey earned a JUNO Award nomination in 2013, and her sophomore album Forest Grove seized the JUNO Award for Jazz Album of The Year: Group in 2016. Born to a Chinese father and Jewish mother, and raised in the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Allison was captivated by the unhinged freedom of jazz in childhood. Her music evidences a mosaic of influences woven into a seamless and soulful sound, steeped in the tradition of jazz but skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B/hip hop, Latin and world music. The Allison Au Quartet has toured extensively in Canada and the US. They are the winner of the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, recipient of the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Sting Ray Rising Star Award and a 2017 Finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award. The group was also awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), The Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012) and The Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) for three consecutive artist residencies at the Banff Centre.