Mike Allen, "one of Canada's top tenor men" (Jim Little, Montreal Mirror) is profiled in Mark Miller's "Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada" and has a Master's in Jazz from New York University. He has performed and recorded with Cedar Walton, Branford Marsalis, Grover Washington Jr., Ed Thigpen, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Bartz, Kenny Garrett, David Liebman, Oliver Jones, Don Thompson and is a member of Canadian guitar legend Sonny Greenwich's quintet - "Standard Idioms" (Kleo) and "Fragments Of A Memory" (Cornerstone).
In 1993, Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail listed Mike as one of a half-dozen "Interesting Canadians To Watch". Since then, he has been performing primarily on the West Coast, with several Canada-wide tours and regular features on nationally aired CBC radio broadcasts. Mike's playing has been heard on KPLU (National Public Radio) with the Jim Ferguson Quintet recorded live at the Seattle Art Museum in 2000, while his debut album Quintet/Quartet has been featured on Oscar Treadwell's well-known Cincinnati jazz radio program.
The Mike Allen Trio opened for Brad Meldau at the 2002 DuMaurier Vancouver International Jazz Festival and has worked with many luminary guests including Cedar Walton at Vancouver's Birch Theatre in 2002, Gary Bartz at the Jazz Cellar in Vancouver in 2000, Branford Marsalis at Cafe Central in Montreal in 1990, and Kenny Garrett at the 1989 Warsaw Jazz Festival. Allen has performed in New York City (Visiones), San Francisco (Brian Melvin Quartet at Rose Pistola) and in Seattle (Chuck Israels Quintet at Seattle's Jazz Alley, John Fetchok's all-star Big Band at Tula's).
As an educator, he taught jazz studies at McGill University (where he received his Bachelor of Music in 1985), Western Washington University, and Capilano University in Vancouver. As a respected artist, Mike has been awarded numerous Canada Council Arts Grants over the years to study with tenor giants Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano and David Liebman, and with pianist Jim McNeely.