Carl Allen Masterclass and Concert

February 1, 2019 - 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Carl Allen, drummer
Rose Recital Hall, 3340 Walnut Street, Room 419

 

Penn Jazz Combos and the Department of Music are pleased to present Drummer Carl Allen on Friday, February 1, 2019. Carl Allen will lead an afternoon masterclass as well as an evening concert where he will perform alongside our very own Penn Jazz Combos students.

 

3-4pm: Masterclass

 

7-8pm: Concert, featuring Carl Allen with Penn Jazz Combos students Justin Mignatti (saxophone), Harrison Meyer (piano), and William Miller (bass)

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

About Carl Allen

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 nearly three decades.

 

Born on April 25, 1961, Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. Allen studied at The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance.

 

Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation,  served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs and many others. Allen’s phenomenal sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep).