Famous American Jazz Drummer switched to Vater!
Carl 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. Allen studied at The University of Wisconsin at Green, later transferring to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance.
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. is currently using a Vater Prototype Drumstick model and various Vater brushes, specialty sticks, mallets and keyboard mallets.Share