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Jazz at the Speakeasy

Allan Praskin comes from Los Angeles and began his career as a teenager in the late 1950s at the Lighthouse Café, which was immortalized in the film “La La Land” (directed by Daniel Chazelle, USA 2016). The film won Oscars in numerous categories in 2017. Its title refers to the nickname of the city of Los Angeles and is at the same time a euphemistic description of a state of mind that is removed from reality. It's about the existential needs of a jazz musician who is crushed between his art and the harsh reality of existence.


The Lighthouse Café was one of the premier jazz clubs on the West Coast of the United States. There Allan Praskin met George Morrow, the bassist of the Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet, who became his teacher. He also introduced him to other musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, J.R. Monterose and Harold Land together. Allan Praskin has now dedicated almost half a century to jazz and has also appeared on stage with greats such as Chet Baker. In his own bands he worked with, among others, the pianist Larry Porter, who also lives in Berlin and can be heard here often.

Praskin is a master of the alto saxophone, he has internalized the Great American Songbook and combines the entire knowledge of jazz in the 20th century in his virtuosic, incredibly creative and nuanced playing. His program consists of older swing titles, but also free jazz pieces. During his time in New York in the late 1960s, he became completely immersed in the avant-garde improvisational jazz scene. For many years he held a professorship at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz (Austria) - he has been living in Berlin for a few years.

Jazz am Helmholtzplatz e.V. is pleased to welcome a living legend of American jazz to the "Speakeasy" in Jasper's Mitte, who will be accompanied by a great "rythm section" with Lars Gühlcke (bass) and Jan Leipnitz (drums).


Entry 15/12 euros


Allan Praskin Trio


  • Allan Praskin - sax
  • Lars Gühlcke - bass
  • Jan Leipnitz - drums
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