Carl Allen (drummer)

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

He has worked with a wide variety of musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean,[1] George Coleman,[2] Phil Woods,[3] the Benny Green Trio, and Rickie Lee Jones.

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.

In 1988 Allen and Vincent Herring founded Big Apple Productions, which produced several albums featuring young jazz performers. He has been on the Faculty of The Juilliard School since 2001, as Artisan Directum of Jazz Studies since 2008.[4]


As leader[edit]

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

co-led with Rodney Whitaker[edit]

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

with Manhattan Project[edit]

  • 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)

As sideman[edit]

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Thank You, Joe!

With Don Braden

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

With Cyrus Chestnut

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

With Art Farmer

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

With the Benny Green Trio

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

With Freddie Hubbard

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

With Jackie McLean

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

With Dewey Redman

With Woody Shaw

With Phil Woods


  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. 

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