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.
Allen has a touch that most guitarist would kill for. Utilizing
influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to the Beatles, his style is
exciting and eclectic.
He has toured and/or recorded with jazz luminaries including Patti
Austin, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, BeBe and CeCe Winan, Randy
Crawford, The Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn
Scott, Eric Marienthal, Boney James and many, many others.
On staff at “Musician’s Institute”, Allen offers a musical
blend of jazz, blues, and rock with a “grassroots” style.
Being an active studio musician as well as live performer, he has
also currently written songs for Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Jeff
Kashiwa as well as the long running T.V. show on C.B.S. “JAG”.
His contributions may also be heard this spring in a new series on
the EFX network titled “Lucky”.
Allen is currently putting finishing touches on his first C.D. Some
examples can be heard here under “vibey-fusion”.
Using a variety of vintage guitars and amps, his main gear is a
‘59 historic Gibson Les Paul , a 1962 Gibson SG, and a “67
Allen’s endorsements include Ernie Ball, Brian Moore guitars, Line
6, Bogner, B-Band and Gibson.