With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. ... Read More ->


Happy New Year

Carl Allen

Hello Everyone:

Happy New Year to everyone. I am a bit late in updating my site as things have been busy. I just returned from a great jazz festival in Uraguay where I played with Donald Vega, Yasushi Nakamura and my old buddy Vincent Herring. Man, we had a ball. I left there and went to play at The Panama Jazz Festival with my boss of over 20 years, Mr. Benny Golson with Mike LeDonne and Buster Williams. I love those guys. We’ll be on the Jazz Cruise in a week or so and I am looking forward to playing with them again and hanging with a lot of great friends and wonderful people.

There will be several educational events happening in the first quarter of 2015. I am at Purdue University now and will do a clinic and perform with their jazz ensemble along with guest trumpeter Dave Douglas.  Within the next few weeks I will be back at my alma mater, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (Go Packers), Emory University, Columbia College in Chicago and several other schools.

I am thrilled to announce that I will be performing in New York City in March (27th thru 29th) at Smoke Jazz Club  my band, “The Art of Elvin”. This 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), Keith Loftis (tenor sax), Eric Reed (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass) and yours truly.

Many of you don’t know that in my rare spare time I like to watch the television show Scandal (I rarely watch TV). On a recent episode they said “we stand in the light” I loved that. Stand in the light you all. Keep loving, love trumps hatred and ignorance.

For more information on bookings please contact my personal assistant, Ms. Rebecca Locke at email hidden; JavaScript is required. 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

Carl endorses Zoom. Check out their new products. Great stuff…

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”.