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Update from Carl

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all are doing well. For me things are great but like many of you all I would love for the weather to warm up.  I am still floating on ‘Cloud 9″ as I have just had 2 amazing visits to both Zildjian and DW Drums. I have picked out some of Zildjian’s new Kerope Cymbals that are just amazing.  If I am playing in your area come on out to hear them. They have personality and  a warmth to them that just make you smile when you hear them. There are some other things in the works there that I am excited about as well and can’t wait for you all to hear them. On my trip to DW Drums I was just blown away by the wide range of snare drum sounds that they have. They also have a new bass drum pedal coming out that makes you just make you want to play all day and night long. I was joking with them saying that whenever they come out with hardware updates that they are just logical that it makes you wonder why this hadn’t existed prior to this new release. Mind blowing….

On a gig front there are many fascinating things coming up from gigs with Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Chantall Gagne and many others. I have a clinic tour coming up in April with more dates still to be confirmed.

I have been able to take some time to write and practice recently and man it feels so good. This is what I have been missing. Working on some new music and lots of new projects with some big news coming up.

Speaking of announcements 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. 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.

The greatest gift that we can give and receive is love and forgiveness. Forgiveness is NOT about the other person that you may be harboring negative feelings for but it IS about you and letting go so that you can move on. Let’s keep it moving, you may find some great things waiting for you.

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

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”.