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Carl Allen

The pursuit of knowledge, experience, and ever-present swing is a recurring theme in the life of drummer/composer and Milwaukee native Carl Allen. It's a theme that began to take shape when, as a teenager, he performed with such greats as Sonny Stitt and James Moody and it's a theme to which he held fast as his musical quest took him to The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (1979-81) and New Jersey's William Patterson College (1981-83). While at William Patterson, he pursued his life-long dream — the drum chair in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band. He got the position in 1982 and remained with Hubbard for eight years - also serving as the trumpeter's musical director and road manager. Allen says, "my ultimate goal is to get to a level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins and these cats who, every time they sit down behind a set of drums it's swinging

My Other Voice

Label: Miles High Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Primative Reality; Juicy Lucy; Milestones; Ale; Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye; Hindsight; Devotion's Dance; The Cup Bearers.

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Michael Weiss: Soul Journey

Read "Michael Weiss: Soul Journey" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Bebop is a complex craft, and like all crafts the only way to get any good at it is by learning from those who mastered it before you. Jamming through the night, getting on to that bandstand and firing away your best improvised lines, jousting with your partners (be they friends or strangers) like in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Veronica Swift: Confessions

Read "Confessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A born be-bopper, it's literally impossible not to love the energy that 25 year old Veronica Swift brings to her game. Soulfully infused with an infectious passion for jazz past and future, she is building a grand foundation for a long and colorful career, guaranteeing plenty of great performances and listenings along the way.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bob Dorough: NEA Jazz Master & More

Read "Bob Dorough: NEA Jazz Master & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We salute the late Bob Dorough, play a game, celebrate Newk with Miles from 1954, and have Tatum and Bud face off on “Yesterdays." There's recent music and a few gems from the vault, too. Enjoy the show. Playlist Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker “What's Going On" from Work To Do (Mack Avenue) 00:00 Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

Read "Unbroken" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

One of the greatest talents of the great talent, vocalist Betty Carter, was her ability to sing in different voice personalities. She could purr the purest ballad, scat the fastest bop run, and dig the deepest in the blue notes. Carter's legacy has been wanting for a new talent to bestow its mantle...and that talent is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2017 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio June 22-22, 2017 Although the Newport and Reno festivals have had a longer track record, there are many intriguing connections between the jny: Detroit and Tri-C jazz festivals, both of which are celebrating their 38th birthdays this season. Fostering a strong educational component, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

WITH ROLL THE DICE ON LIFE, GUITARIST BRIAN KASTAN OPENS A WINDOW INTO HIS MUSICAL SOUL Full Of Raw Energy, This Dynamic, Guitar-Driven Double Album Features Vocals By Miles Griffith “Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer."—Dick Metcalf Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, Roll the Dice on Life. This double album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Barranquijazz Festival 2016

Read "Barranquijazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Holston

Barranquijazz Festival Barranquilla, Colombia September 14-18, 2016 The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...


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