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

Welcome to my news page everyone. I hope that everyone is doing well. There is so much going on and I am still processing my first year as the Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at UMKC. There are some amazing people there. It’s hard to change a culture but we’re getting there. One day at a time.

I am updating my page for the first time in awhile and there are many things going so I will have to do this more regularly. I just finished some dates in the midwest with Christian McBride and Inside Straight as well an amazing week at The Village Vanguard here in New York with Renee Rosnes, Chris Potter and Peter Washington. Whoa… There was some special music made with all of those great musicians.

We’re in summer gig mode, something that was on pause for many of us for 2 years. I am grateful have some really cool things happening which I will list on my gig page.

Check out my schedule and if you’re in the area come and check out the music.

More to come…

Please check out my new online store where you can buy t-shirts, hoodies, masks, tote bags, mugs, sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts and more at

Until the next time I pray for peace, health, love and prosperity for all.

Love & Swing,

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