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 ->


Hello Everyone……


Mack-Ave-SuperbandI hope that everyone is doing well. As we are quickly approaching Spring I wanted to do a short update on some things that have been going on. At the moment I am on a brief break from the The Mack Avenue Super Band tour with Christian McBride, Christian Sands, Gary Burton, Tia Fuller and Sean Jones. We have already done a few weeks and it has been so much fun. It has truly been an honor and pure joy to be out with them. This is the 1st time that I have played extensively with many of them and each night is better than the one before. We hit the road again on March 29th and will only have another week of shows after that so please check the calendar and come on out if you can.

My group, The Art of Elvin just performed at The University of Louisville as part of their jazz festival and it was a blast. I would like to thank everyone who came out to hear us. We will be at Smoke Jazz Club March 11th thru 13th so please check us out. Also we will be doing some touring this summer with the band so please check my calendar regularly for dates.

At the moment I am at Snow College in Ephraim, UT as part of their Jazz Summit week along with pianist, composer and arranger John Beasley and vocalist with the Manhattan Transfer Cheryl Bentyne. We have had such a wonderful time here with the students. Every time that I am here I am just blown away by the talent and  their desire to learn.

Coming up I will be in resident at The University of New Orleans, doing a tribute to Billy Strayhdorn in Salt Lake City, guest at the College of San Mateo and back on the road with the Mack Avenue Super band. I hope to see you all out there.

More exciting news: Rodney Whitaker and I will be taking a band to Tokyo, Japan to play The Cotton Club April 10th thru 12th. Please come on out. Japan is ichiban.

I have been thinking a lot about “seasons” recently. When working with young musicians I feel that many of them are struggling with being accepted. Know that there is a season for all of us. Sometimes the season is over before we want it to be but know that there is another ahead for you.

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

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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”.