Allison Au

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Allison Au
Occupation(s)Saxophonist, bandleader, educator, composer
Years active1990s - present

Allison Au is a Canadian jazz saxophonist. She has been nominated twice for a Juno Award for best jazz album, winning once.

Au was born to a Chinese father and a Jewish mother;[1] her maternal grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.[2]

Au grew up in Toronto listening to her father's diverse record collection. She started classical piano lessons at age six and started playing the alto saxophone in elementary school at Grade 7.[3] She graduated from Humber College's music program.[4]

She formed the Allison Au quartet in 2009.[5]


  • 2013 The Sky Was Pale Blue, then Grey
  • 2016 Forest Grove


  • 2013 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (nominated)
  • 2016 Juno Award for Best Group Jazz Album


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  2. ^ Varty, Alexander (2018-06-20). "Saxophonist Allison Au balances the playful with the beautifully bittersweet". Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  3. ^ Hum, Peter (2016-08-22). "Six questions for Allison Au". Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  4. ^ "Allison Au". Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  5. ^ "About Allison Au". Retrieved 2018-07-14.