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Eddie Allen

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author...Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He's called upon to play everything from jazz (big band as well as small ensembles) to R&B/Pop to latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between.

He studied music, theory and arranging at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay before moving to the east coast. He then attended the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. Since his arrival on the New York scene he's worked with such jazz greats as; Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre.

He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for: Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, Vanessa Rubin and Muhal Richard Abrams.

He's performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as: Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo' and Rollin' On the T.O.B.A.

As an author, he's written the instructional method book, “An Introduction To The Bb Concert Blues,” which is published by Charles Colin Publishing - N.Y.C.

He's currently leading a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project and a large ensemble which brings together acoustic and electric/electronic instruments. He also leads a big band which not only plays his compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band. Eddie Allen continues to work as a freelance musician and clinician.

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”Allen's control of the timbers, from guttural moans to clarion peals, and his ability to squeeze whimpers out of brass and hurl them at the listener, marks him as a horn man to watch.” --W. Royal Stokes, The Washington Post

“...Bracingly vivid trumpeter...” --Howard Mandel, The Village Voice

“A fullness replete with soft tone-edges and great leaping ability makes Allen interesting and worth a listen.” --Andy Bartlett, Cadence Magazine

“Allen's trumpet and flugelhorn playing is marked by a playful inventiveness underscored by a slightly husky, almost vocal, tone and use of such swing trumpet strategies as smears, growls and glisses.” --George Kanzler

“Allen displays wit, charm, and true soul amidst the bristling themes and exposes fine sensitivity in the more harmonious passages.” --Sid Gribetz-JazzTimes

“In the course of playing like himself, Eddie crackles like Hargrove, squeezes half-valved whinnies and bends like Marsalis, Blanchard or Bowie.” --Kevin Whitehead, CD Review Magazine

“...precise lines and his control of texture.” --Peter Watrous, The New York Times

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Discography

Push

Push

Edjalen Music
2014

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The Aggregation

Daysahead, LLC
2010

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Salongo

Salongo

Self Produced
2008

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