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 ->


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Carl Allen

Hello Everyone:

Happy Summer Everyone! I trust that you all are well. Before I write any updates I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Bruce Lundvall. He was one of the kindest, generous supporters of jazz music and musicians. He was a visionary who helped this music for many years. I first met him while working with Freddie Hubbard and whether it was months or years in between seeing or speaking with him he always showed so much love, kindness and respect towards everyone. Mr. Lundvall you will be sorely missed. God broke the mode with you.

As many of you all know one of my biggest influences musically and personally was Art Blakey. I just finished 5 nights in Bern, Switzerland at Marian’s Jazz Room with Benny Green (Sextet), Dr. Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, Javon Jackson, Peter Washington and myself in a tribute to Art called “For The Love of Bu”. To play music that you love is one thing but to play with people that you love, well it’s party every night. Love these guys.


I have a few things coming up this summer that I am excited about like a jazz vespers gig of my own at The Abyssinian Baptist Church on June 7th and more. There are a few recordings sessions as well. Please check my dates for more info. I do plan to take some time off this summer to practice, write and work on some personal things.

Until we speak again, have a great summer and love someone.

For more information on bookings please contact my personal assistant, Ms. Rebecca Locke at email hidden; JavaScript is required. For general questions feel free to email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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”.