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 and welcome to 2016.

Hello Everybody. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. For those who know me know that I love Christmas (although I am not a fan of snow). Now that we’re into the new year it’s time to gear up for some exciting things. Chantale Gagne, a wonderful pianist will lead a group on January 11th in New York City at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and I am thrilled that she call me to play with her. This will be a fun gig so come on out. Michael LeDonne, a wonderful pianist and organist has a wonderful non-profit organization called Disability Pride and there will be a wonderful benefit for them on January 14th in New York. There will be many great musicians there like Benny Golson (whose band we play in together), Money Alexander, Bob Cranshaw, Ron Carter, Harold Mabern, Buster Williams, Kenny Washington and many others will be there. Please come and bring your checkbook to donate. They are doing some amazing things.

Mack-Ave-SuperbandFor the first few months of the year I will be doing a wonderful tour called The Mack Avenue Super Band with Christian McBride, Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Tia Fuller and Sean Jones. This will be a lot of fun so please check my tour dates and if we’re in your area please come out to hear us. Just prior to this tour I will be doing The Jazz Cruise with The Christian McBride Trio with Peter Martin with guest Ms. Dianne Reeves. This will be amazing. Six days of great music, hanging and listening to many friends and incredible musicians. Lots of laughs and swing will be had by all.

I have received many inquires about my group, The Art of Elvin. I am thrilled to announce that we will perform on February 27th at The University of Louisville as part of their jazz festival. I will have with me Freddie Hendrix, Tivon Pennicott, Eric Reed and Yasushi Nakamura, I can’t wait. We will also play in New York in March.

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 2016. Spread 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

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”.