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Fall update from Carl

Carl AllenHello Everyone:

I trust that you all are doing great. This is a wonderful time of year (you all know by now that the fall is my favorite time of the year). I am just wrapping up a clinic tour in Wisconsin and it has been a lot of fun. Always great to come back home to work with students and I have encountered some very talented students and very dedicated faculty and administrators dedicated to helping this young musicians develop. As much as I have had fun working I also had a great time hanging with friends and family. I recently had dinner with my best friend from high school, ‘Bullhead’ and our band director Mr. Robert Simiele. SO much fun to catch up. Mr. Simiele had as much influence on my life as Art Blakey, Elvin, Tony, Billy Higgins and many others as he was the one who introduced a lot of those great musicians via recordings and countless conversations. Love him forever.

On an performance and educational front there are some very cool things happening. I will have a short clinic   tour in Missouri at the end of this month. Please check my tour page for dates. I will be playing with the great pianist Renee Rosnes and her quartet in New York.  For all of you hip drum fanatics I will be doing a clinic at this year’s PASIC convention on November 21st in Indianapolis. PAS will be inducting the great Art Blakey (one of my musical mentors) into their Hall of Fame and I have been asked to bring one of my groups “The Art of Elvin” there to perform. This is a group that I started a few years to pay tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. The band will consist of Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass) and myself.  We will be performing some of my originals, music by former Jazz Messengers and tunes that are associated with Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. I am very excited and appreciative for this opportunity. Also, in November I will be returning as the “house drummer” for the Thelonious Monk Competition which this year will feature the trumpet. The competition will take place this year in Los Angeles.

One of other things that I have been doing was getting back to reading which I love. Recently I read something by the author and publisher Darren Hardy. He wrote “Don’t just go through adversity, GROW through it.” What are you growing through right now? I love this. The choice is ours, not someone else’s. You’re empowered to do great things. Let’s get busy.

So, that’s it for now but I will be adding more dates and news in the coming days and weeks.

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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’!

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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”.