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 ->


Fall update from Carl

Carl AllenHello Everyone:

We’re into my favorite season now, Fall. Man I love the fall. It just invigorates me. I am elated and overjoyed. Why you say? I just finished a clinic at the 2014 PAS convention in Indianapolis as well as a performance with 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), Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass) and yours truly. It was amazing how many people thought that we had been on the road for a few years when in fact it was the 1st night that we had played together. These guys brought their A game and played their tails off and if I can help this will NOT be the last performance. I am looking to tour this band in 2015 so note to all presenters and promoters let me hear from you. It’s rare when you play with musicians in performance and it just works from note 1. Love these guys…. Another highlight for me at PAS was meeting so many wonderful people and hanging with some old friends, Ndugu Chancler (the skinny one – LOL), Will Kennedy, Mark Colenburg, Billy Cobham, John Ramsay, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine and many others. My hats off to some of the greatest folks in the drum business from DW Drums, Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth and others. I am blessed to be in such great hands. Thank you all for what you do.

As the year is about the wrap up I too will be winding down and it has been a great year on many levels. Before I shut it down for a few weeks of rest and recharging I will play at The Village Vanguard December 2nd thru 7th with my guys Christian McBride & Inside Straight with Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Peter Martin, McBride and myself. We will also be recording a live CD so come on out if you’re around. Fun will be had…

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.

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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”.