Allen, Carl

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Allen, Carl

Allen, Carl, jazz drummer and band leader; b. Milwaukee, April 25, 1961. Allen is a hard-swinging drummer and congenial leader. He began studies at William Paterson Coll. (N.J.) in 1981 and worked with Freddie Hubbard from 1982–90. Allen’s own former bands were starting points for Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Pay ton, Ed Simon, Teodross Avery, and others. He has also worked with Jackie McLean, George Coleman, Billy Taylor, and Benny Golson. Allen co-produces albums with his partner on the Big Apple label, Vincent Herring, and started a new group in July 1997, which was launched at the Regattabar in Boston with Tim Warfield, Mark Whitfield, Mulgrew Miller, and bassist Rodney Whitaker.


Piccadilly Square (1989); The Pursuer (1993); Testimonial (1995); Manhattan Project (records for Japan, these released in U.S. too): We Remember Cannonball; Echoes of Our Heroes; Dark Side of Dewey.

—Lewis Porter