Adjunct Lecturer, Trumpet
Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author, educator, Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. He is 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 has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Billy Harper, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis and Steve Turre.
Allen has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for, Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, Vanessa Rubin and Muhal Richard Abrams.
He has performed in the orchestras of such Broadway hits as Ain't Misbehavin', Black & Blue, Side Show, Jelly's Last Jam, Five Guys Named Mo', The Color Purple and Rollin' on the T.O.B.A.
As an author he has written the instructional method book An Introduction to the Bb Concert Blues (New York: Charles Colin Publishing)
He is currently leading a jazz quartet, a jazz quintet, an Afro-Cuban/Brasilian group called Salongo and a 16-piece big band called the Aggregation. He continues to work as a freelance musician, educator and clinician.
Eddie Allen performs and records on SHURE microphones, Phaeton Musical Instruments and uses ZOOM Electronics.