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.
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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