Allistair Elliott was born just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. Excelling at the classical side of the trumpet, he performed in London, England and also Vienna, Austria by the age of seventeen. Elliott moved to England where he received his music degree from Leeds College of Music, the same school that produced the recent Grammy nominee, Corrine Bailey Rae.
His performing credits include The Drifters, The Temptations, R&B legend, Lou Pride, England’s jazz giant, John Dankworth, and The Supremes, just to name a few. He has opened for sax great, Joshua Redman, toured with the internationally renowned Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and shared the stage with Saturday Night Lives’ Lenny Pickett, and rock legends, Honeymoon Suite. He has toured Europe, Australia and Brazil and now resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Over the course of his extensive career, Allistair has been involved performing with or recording for Tim Tamishiro, Livin’ In Swing, Steve Pineo, Amos Garrett, The Prime Time Big Band, The Big Beat Band, and The Barry Shaw Orchestra, as well as fronting his own group. He has also recorded numerous tv and radio jingles and this summer was featured on the opening credits of ESPN’s 2010 World Cup Theme. Allistair’s writing credits include the movie, Friend of the Family, where he also appeared in the film performing two original tunes.
In 2008 Allistair released his second cd titled, Urban Nights. Released on Chronograph Records, Urban Nights feels like Miles Davis, meets Chris Botti with vocals by Sting. Urban Nights brought three nominations at the 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. Allistair was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year as well as Wind Instrumentalist of the Year. The Male Vocalist Category was heavily contested between Allistair Elliott, Alfie Zappacosta, Chris Smith and Michael Buble. The Instrumentalist category featured Allistair Elliott, Warren Hill, Darren Rahn and Alexander Zonjic. After performing live at the televised award show in March 2008, Allistair was presented with the award for Wind Instrumentalist of the Year.
Currently, Allistair is in the studio working on his third CD, which will be released very soon.
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