Carl Allen

Jazz Drummer | Educator

Carl embodies the personal characteristics of a true leader and visionary. The testament to this is manifest in his every performance as a world class musician...
– Pat Metheny

Update from Carl

Welcome to 2020! I can’t believe how fast time the last decade has flown by. There were many wonderful things and some sad times as well but that’s life. I am blessed to be living my best life. And speaking of best life I am projecting 2020 to be one of the best for not only me for but for all those who are reading my post.

I was just at JEN in New Orleans and saw many friends (new and old) that I had not seen in some time and it was wonderful to catch up. I also heard some really great workshops and performances. I am hoping to present something there for 2021.

As for things that are coming up. Oh, there are many things that I am excited about. I will be doing more touring with some of my regular compadres such as Benny Golson, Christian McBride and Inside Straight (a 2 week tour coming in the Spring), dates with my old friend and partner in time Rodney Whitaker and of course many residencies and clinics at schools all over the states and so much more.

2019 was the year that celebrated one of my personal and musical heroes and mentors’ centennials. That would be Art Blakey. I did a few gigs to celebrate this occasion and thought that would be it. I was thrilled by the overwhelming response so guest what? We have more gigs coming up. Check the schedule for dates but I can say that this fall there will be dates on the East and West Coast.

I am thinking of recording this project as well. I am preparing now to head to NAMM where I have not been since 2009 so I am excited to catch up with all of the wonderful companies that I work with and endorse. More on that later.

Until the next time I pray for peace, health, love and prosperity for all.

Love & Swing,

Carl's Recordings as a Leader

Work To Do
Mack Avenue
Get Ready
Mack Avenue 1034
The Pursuer
Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records
Piccadilly Square
Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records
The Dark Side of Dewey
Alfa Jazz Records / Evidence Records
Echoes of Our Heros
Alfa Jazz Records – Japan Only
We Remember Cannonball
Alfa Jazz Records – Japan Only

See Carl's Selected Discography