Ralph Allin – The UK’s most in demand Jazz Violinist
By day a leading light on the classical scene, Ralph enjoys a successful career as an accomplished professional violinist, but as the shadows lengthen the other Ralph – that unique gypsy genius – spellbinds the world of jazz with his impassioned and virtuoso interpretations of the great jazz standards and original compositions.
His award winning debut album signposted the way for his latest recording “I Got Rhythm”. This highly acclaimed CD captures the jazzical maestro that is Ralph Allin. Ralph has been voted ‘Jazz musician of the year’, has toured internationally with Van Morrison and has played privately for both the Prince Charles and The Queen.
Ralph Allin and his band have played at many of the country’s leading venues; the Festival Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Symphony Hall, to name but a few. Their lyrical and dynamic performances have grabbed audiences at a host of international music festivals, and the band regularly lights up the nation’s airwaves with their radio broadcasts.
Ralph Allin appears with numerous combinations from the full band, quartet down to a trio. He also appears with his string quartet and Ceilidh band.
Ralph Allin started the violin at age six and continued his formal training through music college. He graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with impeccable qualifications, receiving distinction in all areas of study. His subsequent career as a classical violinist and teacher has earned him great respect, but it is his jazz that defines him as an unusual and outstanding musician.
From an early age, he felt constrained with the formality and limitations of classical music, and remembers the pleasure gained from copying tunes from records and the radio. But his most significant influence was a birthday gift from his violin teacher, a recording of Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of Paris. This was the key that unlocked his passion for jazz, and he soon realised the violin offered an extraordinary versatility that he was eager to pursue.
Ralph took advantage of his student years by travelling widely, picking up influences from a host of traditions – eastern European gypsy music in Romania, Italian Café music, a touch of blue grass, and nearer home the jigs and reels of Ireland and that distinctive “Irish lilt” (to which he confesses is the root of the swinging jazz style he his now associated with).
Ralph Allin has unquestionably broken free from the Grappelli/Django sound that has been the measure of most jazz violinists to date, and his fresh and dynamic approach to jazz has clearly taken the violin into the 21st Century.