Shamarr Allen was born in the birthplace of Jazz, -- New Orleans, Louisiana --and became immersed in music at the early age of 7. His father a saxophonist by hobby became his first music teacher. Shamarr played in both the concert and marching bands all through school and always served as his section leader. As a teenager he attended the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp where he studied under the tutelage of Jazz educators Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Clyde Kerr Jr., Herlin Riley and the late Alvin Batiste. At age 13, Shamarr was invited to play with the Pittsburg University Orchestra and at 16 appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Mahogany Brass Band....
AwardsBig Easy Awards Best Emerging Artist, 2008
Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs have produced an incredible thought and theory provoking collection by blending the best sounds together infused with local flavor which will most likely land Box Who In? as one of the top selling CDs this summer
Sterophile Magazine, April 2009 on Freshman Release, Meet me on Frenchman Street.
As debut records go, it's hard to find many more accomplished than this. A solid first step, he (Allen) wisely shows his roots on Jazz...Allen's jaunty title cut, done in the best traditions of New Orleans music, is the official theme song of the rebuilding city.
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Music Director Shamarr Allen leads workshops for young people at Sound Cafe in the Marigny.