Carl Allen & The Art Of Elvin

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Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin

April 23, 8pm

Born on April 25, 1961, Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, music but later turned to jazz after hearing a recording by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter.

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 over three decades.
Piccadilly Square (Alfa Records and Timeless Records) was Allen's first CD as leader, released in 1989, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey (Alfa Records and Evidence), The Pursuer (Atlantic), Testimonial (Atlantic), and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue gospel/Motown accented debut release with co-leader, bassist Rodney Whitaker followed up by Work to Do (Mack Avenue Records) featuring Kirk Whalum.

Education: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay from September 1979 until May 1981. William Paterson College from September 1981 until May 1983. Graduated with BM in Music - Jazz Studies and Performance. Education has always been part of my mission Allen says. Art Blakey taught me the importance of nurturing the next generation of musicians. "Every generation needs someone to help them get to the next level and this what I am hoping to do".
Director of the Summer Jazz Intensive at Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia Artistic Director of the Valley Christian School Jazz Camp in San Jose, CA Director of the Summer Jazz Camp at The Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches
Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring, producing and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader most recently leading The Carl Allen Quartet and "The Art of Elvin".
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