Primary Instrument: Flute
Julee Avallone began playing flute at age 7, guided and encouraged by an artistic family, and soon dreamed of playing in orchestras. She learned other instruments while specializing to earn her Bachelors in Flute Performance at Arizona State University. After returning to New England she completed her Masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. Along her journey Ms. Avallone has already played with in orchestral settings at Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Chautauqua Music Festival, as well as numerous ensembles including: Lyric Opera Theater, the Bob Moses Ensemble, the Arabic Ensemble, the Allen Chase Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble, the Memphis Ensemble, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, the George Garzone Ensemble, and the New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Fearless of limitations, Ms. Avallone has pushed her music-making experiences into modern live settings as a member of Buddha Funk Special, whose members later formed Dr. Juice, as well as touring with the Mike Gordon Band and performing occasionally with the Everyone Orchestra. With these groups she has pushed envelopes of improvisational group music while using her voice, flute and sax in wildly innovative ways. For the last several consecutive years, Ms. Avallone has hosted an annual culmination of her musical questing with her “Purple Grapes” events. These unique events feature manifold collaborations and explorations as well as multi-media contributions and interactive participation for attendees. Julee is currently playing music and seeing the world as a solo artist and with the Napa Valley Duo.