The Joy of Music Community was deeply saddened by the untimely and sudden death of Jim on February 10, 2014 and we still miss him sorely. Jim played an important role at Joy of Music, helping prepare the building for students when it was being renovated and touching the lives of many students over his 17 years with JOMP. Jim had a way of connecting with each student and inspiring them to do their best. Many of his former students are now professional musicians and teachers themselves, passing on the wisdom and joy they learned from Jim. All of his former students continue their love of music and have deep and fond memories of their time with Jim.
As a free-lance musician, Jim Allard was well-known for his versatility, performing all styles of music from folk and rock to jazz and classical. While a student at Berklee College of Music, he studied saxophone with Joe Viola and flute with Matt Marzuglio, as well as arranging and composition. At New England Conservatory, Jim studied sax with Joe Allard and flute with Alan Weiss. To enhance his musicality he studied jazz piano with Fred Holovnia, Joe Holovnia and Dick Odgren.
Jim has performed with many ensembles in the New England area, including Idyll Curiosity, Bop and Pop, Percussion Discussion, the Jay Tyer Group, Hey Rim Jeon and Friends and the Worcester Jazz Orchestra. On his recently released CD, Jim is joined in playing his own compositions by renowned Latin percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his group, as well as pianist Hey Rim Jeon and drummer J. Curtis Warner. Jim can also be heard on the CD “Hey Rim Jeon and Friends.” A member of the Joy of Music faculty since 1997, Jim also taught at Worcester Academy, Clark University and WPI.