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Carl Allen - February 26

Sac State welcomes guest artist Carl Allen!
On Tuesday, February 26, guest drummer Carl Allen will be performing at 7:00pm along with the Sac State Jazz Combo and Faculty Jazz Sextet.

With over 200 recordings to his credit, New York-based drummer Carl Allen’s studied at William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. He joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including "Double Take" and "Life Flight". Allen has also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Terence Blanchard, Joe Henderson, and many others.

Vocal Jazz on Tour

In Spring 2019, our Vocal Jazz has been invited to perform at four different music conferences: the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference on Friday, January 11th at 6:00PM at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno; at the CASMEC (California All-State Music Education) Conference on Thursday, February 14th at 1:00PM at the Fresno Convention Center; at the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Conference on Friday, March 1st at 6:30PM & 9:30PM in the Folly Theatre (Kansas City, Missouri); and at the CCDA (California Choral Directors Association) Conference on Friday March 15th at 8:00PM in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose.

Jazz Studies at Sacramento State

The Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies is designed to produce performers of unique versatility and flexibility. The program offers a balance of instruction in traditional music and jazz performance and a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of music. For information on auditioning to become a music major at Sacramento State, please visit the Auditions page.