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Archie Alleyne

Award-winning jazz drummer Archie (Archibald Alexander) Alleyne has had a long and illustrious playing career that has included performing with many of the giants of the jazz world. He has also been a successful bandleader and businessman and oversees of The Archie Alleyne Mentorship Program and the Archie Alleyne Scholarship & Bursary Fund.

His career has spanned over 60 years performing at all the principal Toronto jazz establishments in Toronto – House of Hambourg, 1st Floor Club, Colonial Tavern, Top O’ the Senator, Montreal Bistro, George’s Spaghetti House, Bourbon Street, including the ones still in existence – The Rex, The Pilot. Self-taught, save for a few lessons with Jack McQuade(Long & McQuade), Alleyne began his career as the house drummer at the town Tavern in Toronto starting in 1953 he accompanied jazz legends such as Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Carmen McRae and Teddy Wilson. During this period, he also played in local studios and in the jazz bands of Ron Collier, Don (D.T.) Thompson and others, toured in Canada and the USA with Marion McPartland and performed in Antigua with Teddy Wilson. After an automobile accident in 1967, Alleyne became a restaurateur (The Underground Railroad, Toronto) and 1970-82 was not active in music.

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