Allison Young is a musician, educator, and arts marketer currently based in Denver. She performs in both jazz and classical realms as a saxophone player and woodwind doubler, and enjoys collaborating with musicians in a variety of styles. Allison performs locally as a bandleader and sidewoman for groups such as the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Annie Booth Big Band, the Drew Zaremba Jazz Fellowship Orchestra, and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, she also toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the Reed 5 chair, playing baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. She has performed alongside musicians such as Dick Oatts, Jeff Hamilton, Wayne Bergeron, Greg Gisbert, Randy Brecker, Tia Fuller, Terell Stafford, Father John Misty, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Allison has recorded with the Zaremba Fellowship Orchestra, Ted Davies Big Band, and the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, all with records out now. In 2022, Allison was one of 20 mentees selected for the Women in Jazz Mentorship Program, where she was mentored by saxophonist Caroline Davis and collaborated with talented young female and non-binary musicians across the country.
Allison earned her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Business from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2022 where she studied saxophone with Dr. Andrew Dahlke and Marc Schwartz. While at UNC, she earned two Downbeat awards, one with Jazz Lab I, directed by Dana Landry, and with Funk Lab, directed by Dr. Brian Claxton. She also served as the Artist Liaison and Assistant Director of Women in Jazz Day for UNC’s Jazz Education Network chapter, the largest chapter in the country. In addition, she was named the UNC Presser Scholar in 2021.
As an educator, Allison runs her own private studio and frequently works with local middle school and high school band programs hosting workshops and masterclasses, including for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) in Denver. She is currently the Marketing and Communications Assistant for the Burroughs as an employee of Harris Artist Management, a boutique management firm run by local musician and industry powerhouse Briana Harris. Allison also works on the marketing team at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, where she works with a talented, internationally connected team and nationally recognized artists. Allison also provides social media marketing consulting for the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts.
Allison is passionate about fostering creativity, inclusivity, and collaboration in music. She is available for private lessons, masterclasses, performances as a saxophonist/woodwind doubler, and arts marketing. Reach out for anything from a lesson, a gig, or marketing consulting!