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“I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. Not exactly a hotbed of jazz. But I got hooked on jazz drumming after my drum instructor took me to a live performance by jazz drumming legend, Buddy Rich”, says Allen.

Brad Allen spent several years as a musician in the U.S. Army Band before settling into the Kansas City music scene. “After I saw The Army Blues, which was the Army’s top touring jazz band, I decided I could go into the military and play jazz. It was a good experience for a while. Eventually though, I felt like I wanted to get out of the military and move to a city where I could play with world class jazz players,” says Allen.

He visited Kansas City and picked up a copy of JAM, the Kansas City Jazz Ambassador’s magazine. Then he checked out some of the local jazz clubs and met some of the players. Brad was instantly hooked, and decided this was the perfect city to continue to grow as a jazz artist.

Along with drumming with his trio, Allen sings and writes songs. “It’s clear to me how everything I’ve done in my life has lead me to where I am right now in my music career,” says Allen. “I spent several years writing songs in other genres including folk, pop, rock, country and alternative. Those experiences definitely influenced my jazz writing. I want to write catchy, fun, interesting tunes that people will remember – tunes that other artists might also want to perform.”

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Please accept this enthusiastic letter of recommendation on behalf of Brad Allen, who has performed at North Kansas City Public Library twice in the last couple of years: at a winter jazz concert, and at our annual Veterans Day celebration. Brad is enormously talented and connects well with audiences, and it was a treat to see him perform. More importantly, our patrons really enjoyed his work, and many asked to have him back. (And we will! Brad is slated for a January event here at NKCPL, which we’re looking forward to very much.)” Amy Brown Adult Programs Coordinator, North Kansas City Public Library

“Great live music, easy to work with, great reviews from our winery guests!” David N., Riverwood Winery

Brad Allen has performed at our library in the past and our patrons enjoyed his jazz music that he and the other two gentleman played for us during the performance

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Kansas City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Mose Allison Mose Allison
composer/conductor
Max Roach Max Roach
drums

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Album So Far So Good by Brad Allen

So Far So Good

Flam Tap Records
2019

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Album 2nd Verse by Brad Allen

2nd Verse

Flam Tap Records
2001

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Album Bradley Allen by Brad Allen

Bradley Allen

Flim Tap
2000

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