Allan Meyerson has been playing and teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet for 45 years. He is an accomplished classical as well as jazz and blues musician. His first professional jobs in the late 60’s were playing in the show bands of the many hotels in New York with as many as 5 different acts a night. Sight reading and being able to switch styles were a must and taught him valuable lessons in musicianship.
Growing up in NYC gave him an opportunity to study with the best musicians in the world. Allan started in his high school band and soon realized the instruction there was adequate but not enough to satisfy him. He was lucky enough to find a local music teacher, Nat Shapiro, who was a studio musician for the NBC Radio Orchestra in the 40’s and 50’s and a student of Ernest F. Wagner. Nat encouraged Allan to study clarinet and later, flute.
In 1969 Allan attended Queens College CUNY as music major while playing professionally. While in college he travelled to Manhattan weekly to study with the jazz great Lee Konitz (Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Kenton, Lennie Tristano) who taught him a practical approach to improvising which he now passes on to his advanced students.
After college Allan continued his jazz oriented education by studying with another living legion of jazz, David Liebman (Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Chick Corea) for over 2 years on a one to one basis.