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About Duane Allen

Duane Allen was born in Hollywood, Fl. in 1972.  He first began playing guitar at the age of 12, after becoming fascinated with the rock music of his youth.  He first studied guitar with local guitarist Michael Corbin, where he learned the fundamentals of music, as well as the rock styles of the time.  After being exposed to jazz music, he began his studies in the ninth grade with the renowned jazz guitar instructor Vincent Bredice, whom he studied with for nine years.  He was also very fortunate to study musicianship with Joseph Iadone, a lutenist who studied with twentieth century composer Paul Hindemith.  During this time, through diligent practicing and playing professionally with local musicians, he gained invaluable experience as a growing musician.  He attended Florida International University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 1996.  Throughout the nineties he continued to perform with many of the notable musicians in the South Florida area, some of whom include: Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mike Gerber, Duffy Jackson, Turk Mauro, John Bunch, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Kevin Mahogany, and others.  He also formed a quartet with friend and saxophonist Dave Goldberg.  After living briefly in New York City, and participating in the jazz scene there, Duane moved back to Florida where he continued to perform and teach.  With Dave Goldberg, he recorded several CD's under the Tritone record label such as:  "Jazz Standard", "When Time Approaches", and "Surreality".  Never losing sight of his rock roots, he recorded the CD "Radioman" as a member of the alternative rock band Bricqmen.  In 2001, he moved to Southern California to participate in the music scene of Los Angeles, where he lives today.  Since moving to California, he has steadily performed with many of the top musicians in Los Angeles, performing in a variety of styles such as: jazz, blues, rock, experimental, acoustic, and others.  In the 2000s he recorded his solo jazz CD entitled "Yin Yang" under the Tritone label, as well as performing on Dave Goldberg's "The Path You Choose" on the same label.  In 2008 he released the self-titled debut with the band The Noise Majestic.  During the years 2007-2009 he attended the University of California, Irvine; and graduated with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies.  Since then, he has continued to perform and record with many different kinds of projects, as well as maintain an active teaching schedule.  In 2012, he released his new solo jazz CD entitled "In Transit" with organist Joe Bagg and drummer Jason Harnell.  In 2014 he recorded and released a new CD with his group entitled Trio Eclectic with saxophonist Dave Goldberg and drummer Jason Harnell.  Trio Eclectic is an experimental group that features open improvisations based upon compositions by Dave Goldberg and Duane Allen.  At the end of 2017, they just finished recording the new Trio Eclectic CD, featuring Chris Wabich on drums.  The CD has been released in 2018.  
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