Lolly Allen: Mallets in Wonderland

Lolly Allen’s first audition as a jazz vibraphonist was not propitious. She was a high school student in upstate New York, attending a summer band camp run by the prestigious Eastman School of Music. For her placement audition, the call was for Thelonious Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser.” Allen recalls, “It did not sound good.” It

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