A native of Auburn, Alabama, Allen was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, he attended Berklee College of Music and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute, where he has remained on staff to the present. Allen also teaches at a new school called Shepherd University where he teaches with Abraham Laboriel, Otmaro Ruiz and Jimmy Branley.
Allen has a touch that most guitarists would kill for. Utilizing influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to the Beatles, Duane Allman to Alan Holdsworth.. his style is exciting and eclectic. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz and R&B luminaries including Randy Crawford, Gino Vannelli, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, BeBe and CeCe Winan, The Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn Scott, Eric Marienthal, Boney James, and many others.
Looking for “more” Allen began recording his own music several years ago all to critical acclaim by musicians and magazines worldwide, his CDs “Fact of the Matter,” “Beyond it All,” “Falling Up,” and “Monkeys and Slides,” "Fly South" and Wonderland Park's "Just Get In" with Peter Hastings and Chris Wobich are available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
His CDs feature and amazing array of musicians such as Jimmy Johnson, Vinnie Coaliuta, Abraham Laboriel, Genevieve Artadi, Maxayn Lewis, Jeff Babko, Dave Hooper, Matt Rhodi, JV Collier, Randy Crawford, Tolak Olestaad, Jimmy Earl, Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy, Reinhardt Melz, Mark McMilllen, Roberto Vally, Dave Hughes,.Hanz Zermuellan, Joey Heredia, Brian Simpson, and many others.
On staff at Musician’s Institute and Shepherd University's CSCM, Allen offers a musical blend of jazz, blues, and rock with a grassroots style. One might hear guitar influences like Ry Cooder to Pat Metheny, Robben Ford to Alan Holdsworth.
Allen has also done clinics and master classes worldwide, concentrating on improvisational techniques, learning shortcuts, legato technique, slide playing, as well as a focus on common problem solving for young and aspiring guitarists. His approach is thorough and contemporary.
Being an active studio musician as well as live performer, he has written songs for Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Jeff Kashiwa as well as many new cable TV shows such as “Duck Dynasty,” “Pawn Stars,” “Build it Bigger,” “Son’s of Gun” just to name a few.
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