Drummer Archie Alleyne has been on the jazz scene
in Toronto since the mid to late 1950's. He has an enormous energy
and love of music that over these years has brought him respect
and admiration from many, many musicians both international and
Being unafraid of challenges and eager to learn from others has kept him abreast of the musical changes during his lifetime and his warmth and sense of humour make him a much called for musician.
Apart from appearing in just about every club in the Toronto area (House of Hambourg, Cellar, 1st Floor, Towne Tavern, Colonial Tavern, Top O' the Senator, Montreal Bistro, George's Spaghetti House, Bourbon Street . just to name a few), he has also travelled all over the world with various artists, appearing in Birdland, New York, The Blue Note in Chicago, Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, Festivals in Europe, and tours in Eygpt, Nigeria, Scotland, Ireland, Antigua, and many other locations too numerous to mention.
Through the years apart from leading his own groups he has worked with Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Kai Winding, Donald Byrd, Bob Brookmeyer, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Doc Cheatham, Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tate, Lester Young, Tom Harrell, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Giuffre, Milt Jackson, Jon Hendricks, Mose Allison, and recorded with Ron Collier, Paul Hoffert, Norm Amadio, Frank Wright, Ranee Lee, Jay McShann, Wray Downes, Liberty Silver, Bill King, Priscilla Wright, Bobbi Sherron, Jackie Richardson etc ..
Archie practically gave up playing for a short time to become a co-owner of a remarkable soul food restaurant in the 70's (The Underground Railroad), but soon came back to his first love - music and began to appear on Television with other jazz artists. This led to some acting roles and eventually producing some shows.
Still leading his own groups he has found time to create and produce a show based on the history of jazz - "The Evolution of Jazz" which has begun to get some attention from schools and the possibility of a featured television show.
He was both a player and consultant in a 1994 video
documentary "It Ain't All Jazz" produced by Inner City
Films and co-produced by JoJo Chinto and featuring three of Canada's
most prolific Afro Canadian musicians: Wray Downes, Sonny Greenwich,
and Archie Alleyne.