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ALLEN, Woody

(b Allen Stewart Konigsberg, 1 Dec. '35, Brooklyn NY) Clarinettist; took lessons from Gene Sedric. He began on saxophone but found it too difficult; he plays the obsolete Albert system on an instrument with a wide bore to get a lot of volume. He played Monday nights at Michael's Pub in NYC for decades, an unprepossessing place with a $35 cover charge; he always packed it, after it closed moving to the Caf‚ Carlysle '97. A barely competent revivalist, his popularity was a mystery; he had never recorded, but took a band on a tour of Europe '96, filmed by Barbara Kopple as Wild Man Blues, with Eddie Davis on banjo and Cynthia Sayer on piano; then released album The Bunk Project '93 (later a Jazz Heritage CD), a raw recording sounding like revival music perhaps should. His day job is making movies; he played in the soundtrack of his own Sleepers '73.