Gwyn Jay Allen a committed Christian and worship leader is born to Sierra Leonean parents, Ayo and Cecilia Allen and is married to Marian with 2 sons Nathan and Sean Allen. Gwyn’s work as an Interior Architect spans 20 years and is an associate of the UK based chartered Architects Vavaki. Visit www.vavaki.com.
No one can dispute that Gwyn Jay Allen isn’t a natural born entertainer. He served his musical apprenticeship singing and playing guitar on the train, and it wasn’t till 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. He has just returned form his first ‘I Love Louis’ tour of Melbourne, Australia and Malaysia where he received rave reviews. This success has sparked up plans for next year’s 4 citywide Australian tour together with Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Gwyn’s next appearance will be his debut American performance at The Louis Armstrong Museum House in New York on the 4th July. Louis’ birthday and also The American day of Independence.
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.
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’ and many fans have made the comment ….
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As Jamie Fox is to Ray Charles so Gwyn Jay Allen was born for the role 'Satchmo’
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