Carl Allen

194 – Carl Allen: Honoring the tradition

Carl Allen is one of the most recognized names in Jazz…and for good reason. He’s not only played with legends like Freddie Hubbard, Christian McBride, Herbie Hancock, Sammy Davis, Jr but he’s was also the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juliard. Carl is also an accomplished businessman, co-founding Big Apple Productions in 1988 with saxophonist Vincent Herring, and produced several recordings for several Japanese labels with future stars Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton.

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” – Lou Rawls

Carl Allen Talks About:

  • How he got started playing
  • The idea of swinging the band with the ride cymbal
  • Practice routines & diligence
  • Diligence  and dedication
  • Finding a mentor
  • Life and music lessons
  • Much more

Resources / Links / Mentioned:

Carl Allen Plays:

  • DW Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks
  • Gator Cases
  • LP Percussion
  • Ultrasone
  • Apogee
  • Rock N Soc
  • Protection Racket
  • Cympad

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