No one can dispute that Gwyn Jay Allen is a natural born entertainer. He served his musical apprenticeship singing and playing guitar on the train, and it wasn’t until 1992 that he entered the limelight with a residency at the Park Lane Hilton and later the world famous The Dorchester Hotel.
Gwyn went on to star as Cab Calloway in the in the long running smash hit West End Musical ‘The Blues Brothers’. Gwyn’s life long love of the work of Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong propelled him to TV stardom when he became a finalist in the UK’s ITV ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ show. He has since gone on to make many more featured TV appearances.
Gwyn’s vocals, guitar and percussion has graced tracks recorded by musical giants such as soul diva Diana Ross, reggae heavy weight Maxi Priest, and dance icon Jamiroquai. His musical collaborations have included working with Basement Jaxx who produced his single ‘I Love U Babe’. Gwyn has also written and recorded with Latin Jazz Supreme Alex Wilson. He independently released his first solo album ‘Land of Milk and Money’ in 2001 touring and supporting gospel giant Kirk Franklin at venues such as London’s renowned Royal Albert Hall and The Jazz Café.
Mimicry is an art form mastered by many but what Gwyn Jay Allen does in his personification of Louis Armstrong, arguably the greatest Jazz figure of all times, exceeds any definition of this art form. Travelling the world over the years together with the appetite of his growing fans gave Gwyn the reason he needed to pen the musical ‘Satchmo’ from which his album ‘I Love Louis’ was born. Gwyn returns form his ‘I Love Louis’ tour of Melbourne, Australia, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago where he received rave reviews.
Gwyn made the New York Times and the main TV news on his debut American performance at the Louis Armstrong Museum House in New York on 4thJuly 2010 celebrating Louis’ birthday and The American day of Independence. The success of the tours has sparked up plans for next year’s New York performance, The St. Lucia Jazz Festival and The Satchmo Festival in New Orleans.
The Album ‘ I Love Louis’ which is Gwyn’s original songs about Louis and interpretations of Armstrong songs will leave you wanting more. It features Grammy Award winner trumpeter, Roy Hargrove of Verve Records. So listen, enjoy and allow yourself to be transported to back to the day when music was music and the world was simply wonderful. “I Love Louis” is now part of the Louis Armstrong archives.
Jazzwise magazine describes I Love Louis as ‘an album you can’t help but fall in love with’… His audiences have been blown away by the likeness of his persona and voice to that of Louis’…
- Gwyn Jay Allen Official Website
- Buy Gwyn's "I Love Louis" Album here
- Satchmo Flyer
- Gwyn Jay Allen Sunday Herald Sun Article
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