Bernie Allen Profile

Chris Bourke
25 Feb 2014

For over half a century Bernie Allen’s name has been hidden in the credits of many recordings, films and TV shows that involve New Zealand music.

While jazz is his first love, and the saxophone his preferred instrument, Allen is a multi-instrumentalist and arranger whose work ranges from early Johnny Devlin sessions to soundtracks of TV shows such as Under the Mountain.

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Bernie Allen (on the right) playing rock and roll in 1957
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Bernie Allen at an Auckland Town Hall rock and roll show with Lynn Christie
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Bernie Allen Tentette at Fagels' Jazz Club, Federal Street, Auckland 1959
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Bernie Allen at Auckland Town Hall with Len Hutchinson
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The Arthur Skelton band at the Peter Pan Ballroom, Auckland 1958
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Bernie Allen at The Auckland Town Hall, June 1957
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Four Auckland bandleaders ready for their residencies at the Oriental Ballroom, Symonds Street, early 1960s. From left: Bernie Allen, Bill Sevesi, Merv Thomas and Al Patchett
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Union dues: the New Zealand Musician’s Union executive committee arrive in Hamilton to form a sub-branch, 1964. From left: Bernie Allen, bass-player Spike Donovan, Morrin Cooper president, Tom Skinner secretary, Viv Coombes vice-president, and pianist Lyall Laurent
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Auckland Bandleaders at the Oriental Ballroom, Symonds Street, early 1960s. From left: Bernie Allen, Al Patchett, Bill Sevesi and Merv Thomas
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Goodnight Kiwi Theme
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Bernie Allen
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Radio Times (with Bernie Allen's Radio Times Band)
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Auckland Star, June 1963
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Bernie Allen and band at Embers
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The Bernie Allen Big Band playing in a club in Swanson Street, Auckland
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Ken Bartrum Band at Auckland's Orange Ballroom early 1957
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Bernie Allen in the mid 1960s
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