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

Vater Signature Stick Now Available:

Happy New Year Everyone (I’m a bit late getting to this).

I am pleased to announce that my NEW Vater signature drums is now available. Please check with your local drum shop and also at to purchase a bundle.

2018 will be an exciting year for me as I will be doing more tours with Benny Golson, Vincent Herring and The History of Jazz Tour, my group Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin, Renee Rosnes and many others. Also, be on the lookout for a number of recordings coming out this year with a number of great musicians.

On the equipment front: I have been checking out the new Zoom H1n, Tru Tuner, new mics by Earthworks, the Soundbrenner and much more.

DW Drums just made me some new drums that I can’t wait to get. I recently visited the DW facilities where I did a video for them and got to play them a bit. I can’t much about it yet but they “experimented” a bit on this set and they are just ridiculous. I will post photos once I receive them.

There will also be several clinics, masterclasses and residencies this year for which I am very excited about.

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 2018. Spread love and it will come back to you.

For more information feel free to email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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