Enrico Granafei solo
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Enrico Granafei solo @ Trumpets Jazz club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

1 set only :  7:30 p.m.

NO MUSIC CHARGE TONIGHT!  $7 minimum (food/drink)

Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica and guitar & vocals

Leslie Lewis
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Leslie Lewis @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Leslie Lewis vocals,  Gerard Hagen piano, Terry Silverlight drums and
Sean Smith bass.

Sets at 7:30 & 9:15. $10 Cover, $7 Minimum

JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE: “Leslie Lewis is all a good jazz singer
should be. Her beautiful tone and classy phrasing evoke the sound
of the classic jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
Leslie Lewis’ vocals are complimented perfectly by her husband,
Gerard Hagen, and his trio, and special guest Gary Foster on sax.”
After living in Los Angeles for many years jazz vocalist
Leslie Leslie and her husband pianist Gerard Hagen
followed a dream and relocated to Paris. They enjoy a
busy performance schedule which includes appearances
in cities such as London, (Royal College of Music, Pizza
Express SoHo Jazz Club) New York, (Joyce Theatre,
Lehman College) Paris, (Palais Des Congrés, Jazz Club
Etoile, Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club) Tokyo (Satin Doll, Life
Time Cafe, Adirondack Cafe, Far Out) Los Angeles,
(Smothers Theatre, Cerritos Center for the Performing
Arts, L.A. County Art Museum) San Francisco, (Jazz At
Pearl’s) Minneapolis, MN (Artist’s Quarter) Napa, CA
(Napa Valley Opera House) Irvine, CA (Barclay Theatre,
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) Glendora, CA (Haugh
Performing Arts Center) Santa Fe, NM (Jazz At The
Center) and Albuquerque N.M. (The Outpost).
They have collectively recorded seven CD’s which have
received critical success and have been distributed in the
U.S., Japan and Europe. Their first recording “Of Two
Minds”(Surf Cove Jazz 100) features Leslie with the
Gerard Hagen Trio and several of Los Angeles’ finest jazz
musicians including Gary Foster, Ron Stout and Larry
Koonse. Having received considerable airplay on national
jazz radio programs, and charting at #28 on the national
jazz radio report CMJ, “Of Two Minds” was released in
Japan on SSJ Inc. where it received 5 stars in Swing
Journal magazine. In 2010 they released a follow up
recording “Keeper Of The Flame”(Surf Cove Jazz 101)
which features both Brazilian and Jazz music. It debuted
at #15 on the CMJ national radio report and has been
programmed on Sirius XM radio. “Of Two Minds” and
“Keeper Of The Flame” have received international radio
airplay and have been featured on several syndicated
radio shows including “Jazz With Bob Parlocha” and “Jazz
After Hours”. Leslie and Gerard released “Midnight
Sun” (Surf Cove Jazz 102) their third CD to critical
acclaim. It features Leslie and Gerard’s trio along with
guest artists Joey Sellers, trombone and Chuck Manning,
tenor sax. A 2011 performance in New York City
provided them with an opportunity to record tracks for
“Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York” (Surf
Cove Jazz 104), a piano/vocal duo recording was
released in August 2013. In addition Leslie and Gerard
are featured on “Skylark” a track on “From California
With Love” (SSJ Records)a recording featuring number
of California based jazz artists that was released in Japan
as a vehicle to raise funds for Japanese Earthquake/
Tsunami relief efforts.
CASHBOX MAGAZINE: “Leslie Lewis has a hot one on her hands
with “Keeper Of The Flame.” A bona fide sure thing for jazz radio
success, the album is packed with tracks destined for cooler iPods
nationwide. 5 Stars.”
Leslie, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, has toured
as a featured jazz vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz
Orchestra, with members of the Duke Ellington
Orchestra, with Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra
in concert in London, as well as performances with Jazz
Tap Ensemble in New York and Los Angeles. She began
her career with a move to Los Angeles to perform as a
singer/dancer at Disneyland. Following engagements at
Disneyworld in Orlando FL and Opryland in Nashville TN
she came back to Los Angeles. Leslie was featured along
with Jack Sheldon on the Tom Kubis Big Band recording
“At Last” and expanded her career into acting roles in
films and television.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: “Hagen, soloed deftly, his lines moving
gracefully in and out of the composition’s subtle corners.”
Gerard Hagen, is active as a performer, arranger,
producer and educator. Since 1995 Gerard has lead a
trio with drummer Jerry Kalaf and bassist Domenic
Genova. They have performed extensively including New
York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and have performed as
part of Jazz Tap Ensemble in Los Angeles and Musique
Sur La Mer Orchestra in London. The trio can be heard on
several recordings which have received international
airplay and have been in the top jazz recordings nation
wide;“Far Horizons” on Resurgent Music, “Stay
Tuned” on Sea Breeze Jazz Records. Both recordings
have been distributed in Japan and Europe as well as the
U.S. “Song For Leslie”, (Surf Cove Jazz 103) their latest
recording, was released on in 2012. Their performances
and recordings have received critical praise in L.A. Times,
Jazz Times, L.A. Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv Magazine,
Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, All Music Guide, and
many more. Gerard was born in Bismarck, N.D. and has
earned a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music. Prior
relocating to Paris, he was an associate professor of jazz
piano at Saddleback College in southern California

T.K. Blue Quartet
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 pp online    $20 pp at door   $12 pp (food/drink)

T.K. Blue–alto/soprano sax, flute, kalimba
Essiet Essiet–bass
Zaccai Curtis–piano
George Coleman Jr–drums

T.K. Blue, also known as Talib Kibwe, was born in New York City of a Trinidadian mother and Jamaican father. T.K. began playing music at the age of 8 years old on trumpet. After two years his interest shifted to academic and athletic endeavors… He returned to his musical studies in High School while playing the flute. He took lessons from Billy Mitchell, the legendary tenor saxophonist with Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, eventually pursuing music as a career after receiving a full academic scholarship to New York University, where he began playing soprano & alto saxophone. He earned a bachelor’s degree in both music and psychology. T.K. Blue went on to earn a master’s degree in music education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
“Coming to Jazzmobile in NYC is what did it for me. I got involved with Jazzmobile, where we studied jazz theory, harmony, sight- reading, rhythmic training, improvisation and big-band performance. It was just like going to school. I studied with Jimmy Heath, Chris Woods, Ernie Wilkins, Frank Foster, Sonny Red and Jimmy Owens. Thad Jones and Billy Taylor would come by from time to time to give their knowledge and support.” T.K. also studied at Jazz Interactions with Rashaan Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef and Joe Newman. He also studied at The Henry Street Settlement with Billy Mitchell and Paul West and at The Muse with world-renowned bassist Reggie Workman.
2001 to 2006 As an instructor at the Litchfield Jazz Summer Camp for teens T.K. performed at the Litchfield Jazz Festival with the Don Braden Big Band, which included such notable artists as James Moody, Slide Hampton, and Paquito D’Rivera. T.K. Blue Quartet was featured in performance on BET Jazz channel. T.K. performed at Alice Tully Hall for the Jazz at Lincoln Center series with Randy Weston and Regina Carter. He arranged music for a ten piece orchestra. T.K. performs with the vocalist Jimmy Scott and is an adjunct professor of music at Suffolk Community College in long Island New York. T.K. has just released his new CD Rhythm In Blue on his label JAJA Records. T.K. did perform for the 2004 Panroyale Jazz Festival in the homeland of his mother’s heritage -Trinidad and Tobago. 2005 T.K. Blue performed with Grammy award winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and Randy Weston at the last North Sea Jazz Festival held in Den Haag, Holland…. The T.K. Blue group was featured this fall at the Linganore Wine Jazz Festival in Maryland and The Cape May Jazz Festival in New Jersey.
2007 He was a featured soloist, conducter, and arranger for Randy Weston and the BBC Radio Big Band in London, England. TK Blue was also the arranger, conducter, and soloist for a concert performance at City College in New York entitled Harlem Stride–A tribute to James Reece Europe–featuring new compositions by Randy Weston.
Mr. Blue was comissioned by the NYSCA and Transart Inc to compose a new suite entitled “Follow The North Star” dedicated to Solomon Northup and his book “12 Years A Slave”. It was premiered on April 20, 2007 in Rosedale,NY. It was also performed as part of the Jazz In The Valley Festival on Aug 19. He is currently preparing to record a new cd this fall.
2008 and Beyond TK Blue is currently an adjunct professor of jazz history at Montcalir State University. In fact T.K.Blue is now the official fulltime professor and director of jazz studies at Long Island University-CW Post Campus. His new cd “Follow the North Star” was released last April to critical acclaim and has placed in the top ten on the college jazz charts…” T.K.Blue’s Follow The North Star is a marvelous achievement; as an outstanding work of musical art, as a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and as a humbling history lesson for many of us. At the same time, it is accessible to fans of all styles of jazz” –Curtis Davenport, Jazz Improv Magazine NYC July 2008

Enrico Granafei Quartet .
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Enrico Granafei Quartet . @ Trumpets Jazz Club  | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Tomoko Ohno: Piano, Gordon Lane: Drums, Bill Moring: Bass

 2 sets:  8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. $18 pp online advanced sales-go to get tickets on this site

$20 cover charge   $12 pp minimum (food/drink) Enrico Granafei-guitar/chromatic harmonica/vocals Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience that encompasses both classical music and jazz. He received his degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976 and his artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community.  In 1992 Granafei received his master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans.  His love for jazz led him to New York City, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland,Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. He has performed extensively on the chromatic harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival and Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), and other jazz festivals throughout Italy, France, Spain and major clubs throughout Europe.

Granafei has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey since 1999.  One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. 

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Yulia Geniush & Nadia Geniush Sextet
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Yulia Geniush & Nadia Geniush Sextet

6 p.m.-10 p.m.
$20 music charge $18 online prepaid tickets $10 minimum (food/drink)

Yulia Geniush-vocals
Nadia Geniush-vocals
Boris Kurganov-sax
Misha Tsiganov-piano
Ruslan Khain-bass
Aleksandra Mogilevich-drums

Tim Ries and Friends
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Tim Ries and Friends @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Music charge:  $10 pp  prepaid online   $12 pp at door   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Tim Ries-saxophone

Tim Ries

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider. Tim was a member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet from 1993-2003. He has released 9 CDs as a leader. His last two discs, Tim Ries Quintet and Tim Ries Quintet Vol II, are live perfomances at Smalls Jazz Club. In 2005 and 2008 respectively, he released The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) and Stones World (Sunnyside), both are his versions of Stones classics arranged in jazz and world music genres. Both CDs have drawn rave reviews across the globe. Some of the guest artists featured on these discs include: all four Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Milton Nascimento, Sara Baras, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Larry Goldings, Franck Amsallem, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Blade and Ana Moura. His latest colaborations are performing with the great flamenco dancer Sara Baras and with The East Gipsy Band from Budapest. Tim has taught saxophone and composition at The New School, Rutgers University, The City University of New York and The University of Toronto.

 Curriculum Vitae

Higher Education

  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Masters of Music, Saxophone, 1984

  University of North Texas, Denton, Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, 1981

Major Teachers, Saxophone

  Michael Brecker, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. 1996-1999

  Dave Liebman, New York, 1986-88
Donald Sinta, University of Michigan, 1982-84
James Riggs, University of North Texas, 1979-82
Lynn Klock, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1976-77
Larry Teal, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1971-72
James Forger, Michigan All State Band, Ann Arbor, 1971-72

Major Teachers, Composition

  Bob Brookmeyer, BMI Composers Workshop, 1988-90
Manny Albam, BMI Composers Workshop, 1988-90
William Bolcom, University of Michigan, 1982-84

  Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Toronto, 2007-2009

Teaching Experience

Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Toronto, 2007-2009

Rutgers University, Saxophone, Jazz Ensembles and Composition, 2003-05
New Jersey City University, Saxophone and Composition, 2003
City College of New York, Saxophone and Jazz composition, 1995-2000
The New School, New York, Saxophone and Composition, 1995-98
Mannes School of Music, Saxophone, 1994-96
University of Bridgeport, Saxophone and composition, 1994
University of Michigan, Jazz Improvisation, 1982-84
University of North Texas, Director of 3 o’clock Lab Band, Jazz Combos, 1981-82

Teaching Experience, Other

  Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, Outreach Program, K-12, 1995-98
Rodef Shalom, New York City, Woodwind Instructor, Elementary, 1991-93
Bank Street School, New York, City, Instructor of Saxophone, Elementary, 1989-01
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI, Jazz Studies Instructor, 1985, 90, 99, 01

 Tim Ries plays Francois Louis mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures and The Virtuoso tenor and alto saxophones by RS Berkely.


Frank Piombo Quintet
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Frank Piombo Quintet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
$20 pp music charge $7 pp minimum  (food/drink)

Frank Piombo-guitar
Donnie Harrell-piano 

Darryl Clark-bass
Dominick Gagliano-drums
Michael Mahadeen-sax

His mother searched high and low. In every corner of the house, under the beds, she would search for her young son. Then hearing a sound from the closet, she’d open it up to find three-year-old Frankie strumming on his late grandfather’s acoustic guitar. Yes, at just three years of age, Frank Piombo knew that music would play an important role in his life.Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents, it’s no wonder that music was a constant in Frank’s life. At the tender age of six, Frank’s family would move to Rome (his mother’s birthplace), where he was inspired by the sounds of his father’s music.

An avid accordion player, Frank was moved by the romantic tunes produced by his father, and their effects can be heard in Frank’s music even today.By the time the family immigrated to the United States, at age eight, Frank was inspired by the sounds of the late fifties and early sixties, prompting him to take guitar lessons. But it was the sound of The Beatles that motivated Frank most, and helped the teen to focus more seriously on his music.By his late teens, Frank was playing gigs at weddings and small venues, eventually graduating to known jazz venues in and around town.

Flash forward more than thirty years, and today Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.In addition to touring the New York Metropolitan Area, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.”

Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks; Sleepwalk; and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.

Since June 2012, Frank Piombo has held the #1 jazz artist position in New Jersey, according to ReverbNation’s Jazz Charts! And in 2014, Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, where he now boasts his own station.

Log onto and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3,, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.

All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3,, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.

As well as his own compositions, Frank performs the works of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Larry Carlton, Ronny Jordan, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Horace Silver, Lionel Richie, Bobby Hebb, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and many others.


Royal Scam-Steely Dan Tribute Band
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Royal Scam-Steely Dan Tribute Band @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

1 seating only with intermission 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. 

$30 pp online advance sales for entire evening  $35 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
 (both shows; we are not selling tickets to shows separately this time)

 Don’t wait! Get your tickets today. Seating is in order of purchase.


$35 pp at door 
2 sets  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.  
$12 pp minimum

N.B.  Purchase your tickets today and call 973-744-2600 to provide time of your arrival and other parties with whom you would like to sit.

Mike Caputo – lead vocals
Gino Amato – Keyboards
Don Regan- guitar
Keith Droz – drums
Wendi Gordy – vocals
Carla Culkin – vocals
Joe Montini – sax

The Royal Scam is the world’s premier Steely Dan tribute band. Playing more than 40 of Steely Dan’s masterpieces, the band has helped to keep the compositions of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the spirit of jazz, rock, blues and the enthusiasm of fine musicianship alive in small clubs and major concert venues in the NY metropolitan area. The Royal Scam was started 21 years ago by founders Michael Caputo and Gino Amato, whose love for the music of Steely Dan has fueled the project and gained the respect and loyalty of many fans.



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The Royal Scam has headlined and performed to sell out crowds at The Berks Jazz Festival for over 10 years, being on the same bill as artists like Dave Brubeck, George Benson, The Yellowjackets, Roberta Flack and many others. They have also performed at The Scranton Jazz Festival, Musikfest, The Bitter End, The Shell at Trump Marina, The China Club and Club Bene to name a few. The Royal Scam takes pride in performing the music of Steely Dan as close to the original recordings as possible. The band is delighted to be back at Trumpets. Please visit our website,, for more info, videos, pictures, sounds and other interesting projects involving The Royal Scam.

One More Once Big Band with Special Guest Carl Allen and featuring Passaic County Technical Institute Big Band, directed by Nelson Mendez
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Passaic County Technical Institute Big Band, directed by Nelson Mendez begins at 7:30pm
One More Once Big Band follows at 8:15

Music charge:  $10 pp general admission/  $7 pp for students 
$7 pp minimum (food/drink)

One More Once is proud to invite guest artist Carl Allen to take the stage with us as well as the Passaic County Technical Institute Big Band, directed by Nelson Mendez.

One More Once” is an 18-piece big band consisting of some of North Jersey’s top musicians. John Molloy and Joe Verderese founded the band early in 2008. The band, currently led by Joe and Tim Hayward is based out of Clifton, NJ.  The group was put together in an effort to have a new group who share a love of jazz and want to keep the great music of our past alive, while adding flavors of some more contemporary big band sounds. The group presents music from all different eras and styles, with music ranging from the big band era of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Maynard Ferguson favorites, as well as playing contemporary music from composers within the band and other writers. Through the years, “One More Once” has performed at concerts, fundraisers, school functions, corporate parties and town events throughout the North Jersey area, including a monthly event at Trumpets Jazz Club which features opening acts from local schools and world renowned guest artists such as: Carl Allen, Robby Ameen, Paul Bollenback, Ralph Bowen, Don Braden, Cecil Bridgewater, Ronnie Cuber, Vinnie Cutro, Kenny Davis, Steve Davis, Dave Demsey, Denis Diblasio, Jon Faddis, Bob Ferrel, Joel Frahm, Matt Gallagher, Wycliffe Gordon, Mark Gross, Freddie Hendrix, Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Jim Hynes, Pete McGuinness, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Claudio Roditi, Gary Smulyan, Marc Stasio, Dave Stryker, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Williams.In 2014, Verderese and Hayward also created the annual “One More Once Jazz Festival”, in partnership with local universities.

One More Once is grateful to the Athenia Veterans Hall in Clifton for allowing us to rehearse at their hall for 5 years and to St. Paul’s Church in Nutley, NJ for taking us in the most recent years for our rehearsals.  We would also like to thank Trumpets Jazz Club for serving as our home base for our “Students of Jazz” program since 2012.

We hope to see you there for another great night at Trumpets!


 Carl Allen

Carl Allen
“My ultimate goal is to get to level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones, and Billy Higgins … who every time they sit down behind a set of drums it’s swinging….”

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.

Born on April 25, 1961, Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. Allen studied at The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance.

Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation,  served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs and many others. Allen’s phenomenal sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep).

“Carl Allen is an international powerhouse. His sound and feeings have fuled the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Christian McBride and countless others as well leading his own projects. “
– Joe Lovano

Piccadilly Square (Timeless) was Allen’s first CD as leader, released in 1989, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey (Evidence), The Pursuer (Atlantic), Testimonial (Atlantic), and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue gospel/Motown accented debut release with co-leader, bassist Rodney Whitaker followed up by Work to Do (Mack Avenue Records) featuring Kirk Whalum.

Education has always been part of my mission Allen says. Art Blakey taught me the importance of nurturing the next generation of musicians. “Every generation needs someone to help them get to the next level and this what I am hoping to do”. In May of 2012 Allen received an honorary doctorate from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah in Humane Letters.

Allen is also an accomplished businessman. He co-founded Big Apple Productions in 1988 with saxophonist Vincent Herring, produced several recordings for several Japanese labels with future stars Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton. Several years ago he created Nella Productions which produces projects and developed an education component to the company called The New York Jazz Symposium where he runs workshops around the world on jazz. Allen has also produced recordings for pianist Eric Reed, Dewey Redman. Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Kris Bowers and guitarist Lage Lund, the winner of the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Monk Competition and many others totaling nearly 70 credits as a producer.

Carl Allen’s multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader most recently leading The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004.


Sing a Song of Bird, The Songs of Charlie Parker
Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sing a Song of Bird, The Songs of Charlie Parker

$25 Music charge, $20 Prepaid . $10 Minimum

Join us for a celebration of singers and the melodies of the great Charlie Parker.  Grammy Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro joins Bebop forces with NEA Jazz Master! Ms. Sheila Jordan Boppin’  Danny Bacher, The Astute Ms. Suzanne Pittson with surprise guests!!!

“Hottest Alto player in New York” —

Jason Teborek piano, Dean Johnson bass and Bill Goodwin drums..