Jazz Fest XLV
Featuring Jazz Drummer, CARL ALLEN
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Cofrin Family Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Carl Allen is no stranger to Wisconsin. He was born in Milwaukee and is an Alumni of UW-Green Bay. Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, serving as his Musical Director for eight years. He recorded with Hubbard as well as Double Take and Life Flight during that time. Allen played with artists such as 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 includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep).
Allen is an outstanding recording artist and record producer. With over 200 recordings to his credit, Piccadilly Square (Timeless) was Allen’s first CD as leader, released in 1989, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey (Evidence), The Pursuer (Atlantic), Testimonial (Atlantic), and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue gospel/Motown accented debut release with co-leader, bassist Rodney Whitaker followed up by Work to Do (Mack Avenue Records) featuring Kirk Whalum. As a producer, Carl has a list of 70 credits. He co-founded Big Apple Productions in 1988 with saxophonist Vincent Herring and has produced recordings for notable artists and several Japanese labels.
Carl Allen is a dedicated educator. He has given over 75 master classes and clinics at universities, high schools, conservatories, and music stores. Carl received an honorary doctorate from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah in Humane Letters and served as the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City. “Education has always been part of my mission”, Allen says. “Art Blakey taught me the importance of nurturing the next generation of musicians. Every generation needs someone to help them get to the next level and this what I am hoping to do”. http://carlallen.com/
We are honored to have Carl back to visit his Alma mater, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Campus as our featured artist for Jazz Fest XLV.
If your school wishes to attend the evening performance, please make note of this on your registration form and send $5 for each student with your registration fee.