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Carl Allen to Headline Day of Percussion February 19, 2005

Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

Carl Allen

The pursuit of knowledge, experience, and ever-present swing is a recurring theme in the life of drummer/composer and Milwaukee native Carl Allen. It's a theme that began to take shape when, as a teenager, he performed with such greats as Sonny Stitt and James Moody and it's a theme to which he held fast as his musical quest took him to The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (1979-81) and New Jersey's William Patterson College (1981-83). While at William Patterson, he pursued his life-long dream -- the drum chair in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band. He got the position in 1982 and remained with Hubbard for eight years - also serving as the trumpeter's musical director and road manager.

Allen says, "my ultimate goal is to get to a level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins and these cats who, every time they sit down behind a set of drums it's swinging. The power of swing is something else and once I get to that level everything else falls into place."

In a true Messenger (as in Art Blakey) state of mind, Allen began to extend Blakey's ideals into his efforts outside of Hubbard's band. In 1988, Allen co-founded Big Apple Productions (with altoist Vincent Herring), which through its production of several albums for labels in Japan (Alfa, King, Venus, Keystone Music International and others), introduced now rising stars like Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton and Cyrus Chestnut.

Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording and touring. He remains active as a leader (most recently leading his New York All-Star Band on a month long U.S./Japan Tour and up-coming dates with The Carl Allen Quintet) and as an in-demand sideman (recent recordings with Terence Blanchard and Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Vincent Herring, and many others).

What others are saying about Carl Allen......

"Aggressive without being intrusive, Allen balances the back-and-forth swaying of his rhythmic ideas with hard-boiled swing."

- Peter Watrous • New York Times

"...a drummer of equal parts firepower and finesse..."

- Gene Kalbacher • CMJ Magazine and Hot House

"...Allen - a physical, hard swinging drummer of the Art Blakey school - pushes his band mates to abandon their cool reserve so they can testify as if shouting out in church..."

- Geoffrey Himes • Washington Post

"More than just another fine young drummer, Carl Allen has it together as a band leader, businessman and producer, becoming a force in today's jazz world."

- Sid Gribetz • JazzTimes Magazine



As a Leader
Carl Allen - The Pursuer (Atlantic Records)
Carl Allen - Testimonial (Atlantic Records)

Carl Allen & Manhattan Projects
Dreamboat (Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records)
Piccadilly Square (Alfa Jazz Records / Timeless Records)
The Dark Side of Dewey (Alfa Jazz Records / Evidence Records)
Echoes of Our Heros (Alfa Jazz Records - Japan Only)
We Remember Cannonball (Alfa Jazz Records - Japan Only)

With Freddie Hubbard
Life Flight (Blue Note)
Topsy (Alfa Jazz Records)
MMTC (MusicMasters Records)

With Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw
Double Take (Blue Note)
Eternal Triangle (Blue Note)

With Jackie McLean
Dynasty (Triloka Records)
Rites of Passage (Triloka Records)
The J-Mac Attack (Birdology / Verve Records)

With Benny Green Trio
"That's Right" (Blue Note)
Testifying (Blue Note)
"Blue Notes" (Toshiba-EMI - Japan Only)

With Art Farmer
The Company I Keep (Arabesque Records)
The Meaning of Art (Arabesque Records)

With Vincent Herring
Evidence (Landmark Records)
Folklore (MusicMasters Records)
Don't Let it Go (MusicMasters Records)

With Donald Brown
Car Tunes (Muse Records)
Cause and Effect (Muse Records)
Sources of Inspiration (Muse Records)

With Harrison/Blanchard
Black Pearl (Columbia Records)
Crystal Stair (Columbia Records)

With Eddie Allen
Another's Point of View (Enja Records)
Remembrance (Venus Records - Japan Only)

With Don Braden
After Dark (Criss Cross Records)
The Time Is Now (Criss Cross Records)
Wish List (Criss Cross Records)

With Cyrus Chestnut
The Nutman Speaks (Alfa Jazz Records)
The Nutman Speaks Again (Alfa Jazz Records)
Another Direction (Alfa Jazz Records)

With Donald Harrison
For Art's Sake (Candid Records)
Full Circle (Sweet Basil Records)

Lena Horne - The Lady (3 Cherries Records)
Donald Byrd - A City Called Heaven (Landmark Records)
Woody Shaw - Imagination (Muse Records)
Anthony Wonsey Trio - Anthology (Alfa Jazz Records - Japan Only)
Javon Jackson - When The Time Is Right (Blue Note Records)
Big Apples - The Sidewinder (Keystone Records - Japan Only)
Alto Legacy - Alto Summit (Keystone Records - Japan Only)
Frank Gordon - Clarion Echoes (Soul Note Records)
The Kevin Hays Quintet - Crossroads (Steeplechase Records)
Pete Yellin & The Brooklyn Jazz Machine - Colors of Brooklyn (Alfa Jazz Records - Japan Only)
Message - The Art of Blakey (Paddle Wheel Records - Japan Only)
Dewey Redman - African Venus (Venus Records - Japan Only)
Vince Jones - One Day Spent (Intuition Records)
Henrik Meurkens - A View From Manhattan (Concord Records)
Shades of Red (somethin' else records - Japan Only)

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Other featured percussionists include Symphonic Percussion legend Anthony J. Cirone

Anthony J. Circone

Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with the famous solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, Saul Goodman. Upon graduation in 1965, he was offered the position of Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Josef Krips and an Assistant Professorship of Music at San José State University. During his 36-year tenure with the Symphony, Mr. Cirone has also performed under the Musical Directorship of Seiji Ozawa, Edo DeWaart, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas and noted guest conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Kubelik, and James Levine.

            Mr. Cirone has also held the position of Professor of Music at San José State University and Chairman of the Percussion Department for the past 36 years.  He conducted the Percussion Ensemble, taught Fundamental Literature and Techniques, Percussion Pedagogy, and Notation\Computer Music Typography classes.  Mr. Cirone has also been on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Stanford University. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras and universities throughout the world.

            Anthony Cirone, a prolific composer, has over 70 published titles, including textbooks, symphonies for percussion, sonatas, a string quartet, and works for orchestra. He is the Percussion Consultant/Editor for Warner Bros. Publishing Co., and the author of Portraits in Rhythm (a collection of 50 studies for snare drum). His Portraits in Rhythm (50 Studies for Snare Drum) is recognized worldwide as a standard text for training percussionists.  Mr. Cirone is also featured in a video, entitled, “Concert Percussion – A Performer’s Guide”, distributed by Warner Bros. Publishing Company.  He is the designer of two pairs of Signature Snare Drum Sticks for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company.  He won the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll for five consecutive years for Classical Percussionist.   Mr. Cirone is a clinician for The Yamaha Corporation and the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company. He received a Special Distinction Award in 1999 from the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Composition Contest for his work for full orchestra, entitled: PENTADIC STRIATIONS.

            Currently, Mr. Cirone is a Professor of Music and Chairman of the Percussion Department at Indiana University at Bloomington.


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Marching Percussion specialist Jim Casella

Jim Casella

Jim Casella was the percussion arranger for the six-time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps from 1996-2004. He received his education in percussion performance from San Jose State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Casella resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Willow, and works as a composer/arranger for TV, film, and broadcast projects, as well as competitive percussion ensembles nationwide. Prior to moving to Oregon, Jim was an active freelance performer in the San Francisco bay area where he performed professionally with several symphony orchestras. He currently plays drums for a local jazz/rock band in Portland. He is also the co-founder of Tapspace Publications.

As a respected marching percussion specialist, Casella has given clinics across North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. He is a signature artist with Innovative Percussion Inc. who manufacture his popular mallet series and drumstick. In addition, Casella is sponsored by Pearl drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo drumheads, and Sibelius Software. He is the co-author of the popular percussion books, Fresh Perspectives, and Up Front, and is the producer of the Virtual Drumline sample libraries.

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The performing group for Mr. Casella's clinic will be made up of students from Daviess County High School, Owensboro, KY, Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY, Lafayette High School, Lexington, KY and Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY as well as a few students from the University of Kentucky.

Sponsored by:

Pearl  Remo  Zildjian  Innovative Percussion

Concert Percussion specialist David Steinquest

David Steinquest, Professor of Percussion at Austin Peay State University since 1985, teaches percussion lessons, conducts the Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Combo, and is coordinator of the Mid-South Jazz Festival. Steinquest previously served as a faculty member at the University of Arkansas and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, and was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. He holds a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan.

Steinquest is an active freelance percussionist in the Nashville area, performing frequently with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (recently at their Carnegie Hall debut) and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and recording often for Row-Loff Productions and the Nashville String Machine. Steinquest has compositions and arrangements published by Row-Loff Productions, Studio 4 Music, and Pioneer Percussion. He is an educational endorser of Ross Mallet Instruments and Vic Firth Sticks

Sponsored by:

Ross   Vic Firth

Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

Registration begins at 9 AM

Activities begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude by 5:30 PM

Cost is $10 registration fee / $5 for current members of PAS (with ID)

Your admission also registers you for the big door prize drawing. You could win valuable percussion accessories and instruments! Check here for updates as specific prizes become available!!!

Location is the Singletary Center for the Arts, Rose and Euclid Streets, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Schedule for the 2005 Kentucky Day of Percussion

9:00 AM
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)
10 AM
CLINIC: David Steinquest
Mr. Steinquest will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of snare chops and how they relate to mallet percussion playing. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Rehearsal Room
10 AM
CLINIC: Anthony Cirone
Classical percussion legend Anthony Circone will present a clinic on symphonic percussion techniques.
Recital Hall
11:20 AM
Door Prize Drawing #1
Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.
Recital Hall
11:30 AM
(The PAS Chapter meeting will be held in the Rehearsal Room).
1:00 PM
CONCERT: All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble
Directed by David Steinquest, this concert consists of the finest students from various Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
Recital Hall
11:50 PM
Door Prize Drawing #2
Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.
Recital Hall
2 PM
CLINIC: Jim Casella
Marching percussion specialist Jim Casella will present a clinic on marching percussion techniques.
Rehearsal Room
3:30 PM
WORKSHOP: Carl Allen
Carl Allen will share performance ideas and techniques from his vast experiences.
Recital Hall
5 PM
Door Prize Drawing #3
Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.
Recital Hall

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