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Fall 2014 Update from Carl …

Happy Fall Everyone! This is my favorite time of the year. So many wonderful things happening. It is wonderful to be in this “next chapter” of my life where I have had some time to practice, write, explore equipment, play music and enjoy life. Speaking of exploring equipment as you all know I recently made the move (back) to Remo Drumheads. I say move back to because Remo was my first endorsement in 1982. My DW drums have never sounded better. I have been experimenting with the Suede heads. OMG!!! Open and warm. I have been playing around the Vintage A heads on the snare drums. I have been going back and forth with various Zildjian Kerope Cymbals. They all sound great. I also switched back to Vic Firth sticks and love them. They are very consistent. At the moment I have been using the 8D. As many of you know for years I had my own signature stick. Although it was an adjustment it feels great. I wanted to try something different and have no regrets.

On an performance and educational front there are some very cool things happening. I will be on a clinic tour in October in Wisconsin and Missouri. Please check my tour page for dates. I will be playing with the great pianist Renee Rosnes and her quartet in New York next month. 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. For more information on bookings please contact my personal assistant, Ms. Nicole Harris at nicoleharrisnyc@gmail. 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”.