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Summer 2014 Update from Carl

Hello Everyone,

I just returned from Melbourne, Australia with the The New York Jazz Symposium at Trinity College and we had an amazing time. I am always touched by the outpouring of love and reception that we receive there. It’s a life changing experience every time.

We are now in San Jose, CA at Valley Christian School this week and on to Snow College in Ephraim, UT next week. All of the students have been doing an amazing job and working extremely hard. I am so proud of all of them.

On the endorsement front I have recently (re)signed with Remo Drumheads. Remo was the very first endorsement that I signed in 1983 and I must say that it feels like home. I am so excited to be back with them and the difference in the sound of my drums is like night and day. Love it…

More exciting news coming very soon….

Until the next time….. Please, please, yes…… please KEEP SWINGIN’.

Love y’all,


A Summer of Clinics

Hello Everyone,

Ah, summer…. Swing and good music is in the air. I am so excited about what’s happening not only for me for many of you all have that I have spoken with or heard from. Finding one’s own purpose is a wonderful thing.

Just about to head to Michigan State University as a guest at their jazz camp run by long time friend and rhythm section mate, Rodney Whitaker. Really looking forward to this.

As previously mentioned I have just started a new educational company entitled “The New York Jazz Symposium” where we will be doing workshops, residencies and masterclasses all over the world.Please visit our website at www.nyjazzed.com. The dates for the summer workshops are as follows:

-June 30th thru July 4th at Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia (http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/learning/trinity-institute/new-york-jazz-symposium/new-york-jazz-symposium-all-stars.html)

-July 7th thru 11th at Valley Christian School in San Jose, CA (http://www.vcs.net/music/ny-jazz-symposium-summer-camp/index.aspx)

-July 14th thru 19th at Snow College in Ephraim, UT (http://www.snow.edu/music/jazzworkshop/)

I am pleased to announce that on July 19th, the final day of the workshop at Snow College will be a jazz festival where the students from the camp will perform in the afternoon along with the faculty from the camp which will include Eddie Allen, Ron Blake, Patrick Cornelious, James Burton, Helen Sung, Reggie Thomas, Rodney Jones, Rich Dixon, Jay Lawrence, Rodney Whitaker, Phil Kuehn (who is the new Director of Jazz Studies at Snow College), Kelly Esienhour and myself. And my good friend, saxophonist Kirk Whalum will be the headliner. You can go to the website to purchase tickets for this concert.

Stay tuned for more information and feel free to email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you are interested in receiving more information on what we’re doing and what we’re about. More to come on this.

I just finished some really great gigs with Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson (and a recording) and others. Loads of fun.

Although it’s June I feel like it’s Christmas as I just received some new cymbals from Zildjian. 2 rides and a pair of hi hats. Just amazing. Also, I just a received a 7″x14″ 8 lug snare drum from DW. Man, I don’t want to leave the house. I can stay in all day and night just playing these new “toys”.

There are other exciting things brewing so please check back soon as I will have more to share.

Until the next time….. Please, please, yes…… please KEEP SWINGIN’.

Love y’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”.