Joseph Allard studied at New England Conservatory, clarinet with Gaston Hamelin, Daniel Bonade, and Ralph Maclean, and saxophone with Chester Hazlett. He played clarinet and bass clarinet with the NBC Symphony of the Air. Mr. Allard was a feature solo clarinetist on the *Bell Telephone Hour*.
He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra [under the direction of Arturo Toscanini], and the Symphony of the Air. He also performed on the Firestone Radio Shows, with Cavalcade of America, Band of America and on the Bell Telephone Show from their first radio show to their last television show for over 15 years.
Recently retired from the faculty of New England Conservatory, he also taught at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Brooklyn College, Columbia and Long Island University.
His students include Harry Carney [bass clarinet], Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels, Paul Winter, Dave Tofani, Bob Berg, Paul Cohen, Warne Marsh, Eric Dolphy [but *not* Coltrane], Lee Konitz, and many, many others in the saxophone world, both classical and jazz.
It is my personal opinion that, while worthwhile, the video "The Master Speaks", was done when Joe was already ill. It will open your eyes and ears, but you may not understand all of Joe's concepts by watching it.
Although I have not seen the Liebman video, Joe told me, in regard to some articles that Liebman wrote for Musician Magazine in the '70's:
He was a great player, a great teacher, a great artist, and a great person. I truly miss him. If I were to very briefly sum up some of Joe's basic concepts, they would have to include:
One plays the saxophone with the ear, with the heart, and with feeling !
Best wishes for a happy life in a peaceful world.
Richard Tabnik, Jazz Alto Saxophonist
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