Carl Allen

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Carl Lee Allen (born April 25, 1961 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin ) is an American drummer and music producer of modern jazz . Influenced by Art Blakey and Elvin Jones , he is considered one of the most important drummers in neobop .

Live and act

Allen, who initially had private lessons on the drums, accompanied musicians such as Sonny Stitt , Red Holloway or James Moody in local clubs from the age of sixteen . From 1979 he studied at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay , from 1981 to 1983 at William Paterson College . He then moved to New York City , where he became a member of Freddie Hubbard's band in 1982 , with whom he stayed until 1990. In parallel, the drummer worked with George Coleman , Jackie McLean , Steve Turré and the quintet of Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard . In 1988 he founded the Big Apple Productions label with Vincent Herring . In the 1990s, the focus was on appearances and recordings with the trio of Benny Green ( Greens , 1991, That's Right , 1993) as well as with their own formations. In his bands he employed musicians such as Vincent Herring, Mulgrew Miller , Roy Hargrove or Nicholas Payton and made various albums. In the group The Art of Elvin he gave a tribute to his drum models. He was also involved in recordings by musicians such as Don Braden , Donald Byrd , Woody Shaw , Hendrik Meurkens , Dewey Redman , Donald Brown , Steve Wilson , Javon Jackson , Phil Woods , Wayne Escoffery and Benny Golson and toured with Bobby Hutcherson . He also produced albums by musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut , Eric Reed , Dewey Redman. Pharoah Sanders and Lage Lund.

Allen, who also teaches anti-drug campaigns, has been Artistic Director of the Juilliard School's jazz program since 2008 .

Discographic notes

  • Piccadilly Square (1989),
  • Testimonial (1994)
  • The Dark Side of Dewey (1996)
  • with Rodney Whitaker Get Ready (2007)

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