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Fall update from Carl

Carl AllenHello Everyone:

I hope that everyone is well and enjoying this season. As I have mentioned previously I just love this time of year. I believe that everyone has a season and Fall is my kind of season. Many fantastic things are happening. I just finished a great week in New York at Birdland with the Nicholas Payton Trio with Peter Washington. Whew, talk about some great music and fun times. We’re on tour in Europe at the moment with Vicente Archer on bass. Both of these talented gentlemen were once in my band (at different times) and it’s so nice to see their growth. I’m very proud them. Kinda makes me feel old. Hummmm.


Speaking of my band we have a few performances coming up so please check the dates on my page. “The Art of Elvin” is a group that I started a few years to pay tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. The band consisted of Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano), Dezron Douglas  (bass) and yours truly.

Other great gigs coming up with Buster Williams, Mark Gross, Eddie Allen, Mark Sherman, Don Freidman and many others.

On the educational front there are many clinics and residencies happening this fall and I am so excited about meeting so many wonderfully talented musicians. I will be returning to Stanford University, U of Southern Mississippi, Northern Illinois University, University of Michigan, Snow College as well as others where the students are amazingly talented and the respective programs are run by some of the finest people that I know. Can you tell that I’m excited? Yeah I am.

There’s more to come so please check back in.

My hats off to some of the greatest folks in the drum business from DW Drums, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth, LP Music, GoPro, Apogee Digital and others. I am blessed to be in such great hands. Thank you all for what you do.

For general questions feel free to email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Take great care of yourself. Love you all…..

Tour Dates Updated

carl_allenCarl’s up-coming performance schedule has been updated … visit the Tour Dates page to see where Carl is playing next!

See you at a show … and please, keep swingin’!

Carl Allen at NAMM

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May God Bless and Keep you. Best of all to all of you.

Someone recently told me that “Life is 10% what happens but 90% what you do with what happens”. That was powerful. You have to do something to e somebody. DO SOMETHING! Make something happen, it’s up to you!

My prayer is that everyone will have even better year than you can even imagine. If you can think it, it can be done. It’s ALL possible! “Expectations causes preparation and preparation produces results”.