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Carl Allen (drummer)

Carl Allen (born April 25, 1961) is an American jazz drummer.

He has worked with a wide variety of musicians, including

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External links

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Carl Allen: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Pursuer: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  3. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Alto Summit: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Music Division - Jazz Studies: Carl Allen". Juilliard School. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  5. ^ Wynton Marsalis to Lead Jazz Studies at Juilliard - New York Times, 10.28.2013
  6. ^ Tremé -
  7. ^ Biography -


With Phil Woods

With Woody Shaw

With Dewey Redman

  • Dynasty (Triloka Records)
  • Rites of Passage (Triloka Records)
  • The J-Mac Attack (Birdology / Verve Records)

With Jackie McLean

  • Life Flight (Blue Note)
  • Topsy (Alfa Jazz Records)
  • MMTC (MusicMasters Records)

With Freddie Hubbard

  • Blue Notes (Toshiba-EMI Japan)
  • That’s Right (Blue Note)
  • Testifying (Blue Note)

With the Benny Green Trio

  • The Company I Keep (Arabesque, 2009)
  • The Meaning of Art (Arabesque, 2009)

With Art Farmer

  • The Nutman Speaks (Alfa Jazz Records)
  • The Nutman Speaks Again (Alfa Jazz Records, 2003)
  • Another Direction (Alfa Jazz Records)

With Cyrus Chestnut

  • After Dark (Criss Cross Jazz, 1994)
  • The Time Is Now (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • Wish List (Criss Cross, 1994)

With Don Braden

  • Thank You, Joe!

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

As sideman

  • Dreamboat (Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records, 2000)
  • Piccadilly Square (Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records)
  • The Dark Side of Dewey (Alfa Jazz Records / Evidence Records, 1996)
  • Echoes of Our Heros (Alfa Jazz Japan, 1996)
  • We Remember Cannonball (Alfa Jazz Japan, 1997)

with Manhattan Project

  • Get Ready (Mack Avenue, 2007)
  • Work to Do (Mack Avenue, 2009)

co-led with Rodney Whitaker

  • Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival -2013 (Mack Avenue, 2014)


  • The Pursuer (Atlantic Records, 1994)
  • Testimonial (Atlantic Records, 1995)

As leader



  • Discography 1
    • As leader 1.1
    • collaborations 1.2
    • co-led with Rodney Whitaker 1.3
    • with Manhattan Project 1.4
    • As sideman 1.5
  • References 2
  • External links 3

in 2014, he formed his own group, The Art of Elvin to pay tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. The band debuted at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) conference in Indianapolis, with Allen on drums, Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass).[7]

In 2011, Allen appeared in the HBO series Tremé as himself for two episodes in a studio recording scene in New York.[6]

He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2001, and became the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies in 2008.[4] He was replaced as director by Wynton Marsalis in 2013, and left Juilliard at the end of the academic year.[5]

In 1988 Allen and Vincent Herring founded Big Apple Productions, which produced several albums featuring young jazz performers.

It was with Green that Allen met bassist Christian McBride. The two have teamed up frequently, working for many combos of big name leaders. McBride recruited Allen for his band, Christian McBride & Inside Straight. Allen is that quintet's drummer for both its first recording Kinda' Brown and its road tours.

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