Dave Allen


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"Dave Allen is one of a number of spitfire jazz guitarists raising the bar on that ever-popular instrument. But Allen offers more than battle-ready chops—his Untold Stories and Real and Imagined are about original music, loftily conceived, with graceful melodic content and subtle rhythmic challenges. He’s got the pull to assemble world-class bands every time out." -David Adler, Jazz Times Magazine

Allen has found a true voice, his effortless technique downplays the apparent complexity, paradoxically creating a cool surface sheen that has a white heat glowing beneath it...music that seduces both the body and mind--again and again." -All About Jazz

Dave Allen is one of the more distinctive voices on his instrument today. He has continually sought to forge a unique vision through his playing and writing, one that features lyrical melodies with lilting, complex rhythms and rich, intricate harmonies. At the age of 16, Allen was already recognized by Guitar Player Magazine as a talent to watch. Born in Philadelphia, Allen moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music. Allen has increasingly made his presence felt on the New York scene.  He has worked with Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Dave Liebman, Drew Gress, Seamus Blake, Jaleel Shaw, Tony Malaby, Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon, Ravi Coltrane, Tom Rainey, and many others.



""Allen has a fully developed and mature approach to composition, technical command of his instrument, and the inspirational fortitude to pull wonder ful music from the ensemble. Each piece is like an aural painting or film in the way it slides across the psyche." -Farrell Lowe