ABOUT Joe Allard
In the beginning for Joe came on December 31, 1910 when he was born on Ennell Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. His brother Ed played violin in a Dixieland Band and soon enough Joe was playing clarinet in the high school orchestra. Joe moved on to playing lead Alto in the Red Nichols band and was doing quite a bit of touring. Red encouraged Joe to stay in New York and break into the music scene. Eventually, he took up with Lyle Bowen who was one of the best Alto players in New York at that time. Lyle was a great friend to Joe and not only showed him around but helped him break into show playing. His first show was “Between the Devil” in 1937 with Mary Martin.
Around this time Joe started his teaching practice and he would pick up students just by playing at the New York music stores trying out instruments. In a very short time, Joe ended up playing on the Bell Telephone Hour which was one of the most sought after jobs in New York. He found himself sitting next to legendary musicians like John Wummer on flute and Bob Bloom on Oboe. Next came the call to play Bass Clarinet on the NBC Symphony with Arturo Toscanini as conductor. Toscanini was known to be very tough on Bass Clarinet players but Joe quickly became his favorite. At that time there was a very popular television show called Paul Laval Band of America. Joe became the featured clarinet soloist on the program for over twenty years.
Even with his busy performing schedule Joe’s teaching took off. During the late 1930’s and early 40’s he taught members of the saxophone section of the Glen Miller Orchestra and also held rehearsals for the entire section. Even with all of his success as a teacher and performer Joe went to study in Boston with the famous first Clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Gaston Hamelin for over three years.
During the mid-1960’s Joe started moving from a full time player to a full time teacher. He taught clarinet and saxophone at the New England Conservatory, The Julliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Through out his teaching career Joe taught some of the greatest and most influential Jazz players such as Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. In addition, many of the clarinetists in the world’s major symphony orchestras today owe a huge debt to Joe’s teachings. Joe passed on in 1991and was survived by his wife Anne, three sons and a daughter.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is a collection of Joe Allard lessons that were recorded at Joe's home in New Jersey or at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 1978-79. They were transcribed so that you can listen and read along. Each lesson has introduction and follow up exercises that expand his concepts. Even if you have never heard of Joe Allard and weather you are a beginner or a professional, you will be inspired and come away with some "new" ideas that will improve your playing.