Carl Allen

Jazz Drummer | Educator

Carl embodies the personal characteristics of a true leader and visionary. The testament to this is manifest in his every performance as a world class musician...
– Pat Metheny

Update from Carl

I trust that you’re well. After taking some time off earlier this year to just rest and practice things are back in full swing (pun intended). I recently finished several residencies at Michigan State University, Las Vegas Academy, Cal State – Stanislaus and a gig with my band at Cal State – Bakersfield at The Bakersfield Jazz Festival. I am now back at The Blue Note – Tokyo (Japan) with The Benny Golson Quartet. Man, I never get tired of coming here. The people are just amazing. They really know how to treat musicians. Not to mention the amazing culture.

Many more happening things coming up with Vincent Herring (a 2 week tour), dates with the wonderful vocalist Tiffany Austin to celebrate her new CD “Unbroken” which I was honored to be a part of, dates with my good friend and amazing pianist Renee Rosnes, some dates in tribute to one of my former employers Jackie McLean with his son Renee McLean and so much more.

My stick with Vater ( is now available for purchase so please pic up a bundle. Also, on the equipment front I just received my new drums from DW ( and they are simply out of this world. They are a combination of Mahogany and Spruce. Warm, full and rich tones like you have never heard before.

Please visit my site regularly as there will be more exciting things that I will be sharing with you all. I do hope to see you all soon.

I pray that you all will have a safe, healthy, peaceful, prosperous and joy filled summer. Keep spreading love y’all.

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Love and Swing,
Carl Allen

Carl's Recordings as a Leader

Work To Do
Mack Avenue

Get Ready
Mack Avenue 1034

The Pursuer
Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records

Piccadilly Square
Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records

The Dark Side of Dewey
Alfa Jazz Records / Evidence Records

Echoes of Our Heros
Alfa Jazz Records – Japan Only

We Remember Cannonball
Alfa Jazz Records – Japan Only

See Carl's Selected Discography