Brian Allen

Jazz Trombone Artist

Brian Allen

Brian Allen

Houston Freelance Trombonist

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T302
  • Bell: 9177CF
  • Slide: T302-3N
  • Tuning Slide: Yellow
  • Neckpipe: C
  • Leadpipe: T3 Silver

Artist Comments

"I've been blessed with this instrument for several years and I m still discovering new things about it everyday. With this horn, I'm limited only by my own imagination and technical shortcomings. I feel like anything is possible. It inspires me to take chances and go for whatever I m hearing, no matter how extreme. I couldn t ask for a better vessel through which to communicate.

"Thanks to Christan, Ron and Cathy and all of the other wonderful people at Edwards for helping me realize my dreams."

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Brian Allen is from Lake Jackson, Texas. He is an artist working in the fields of sound and visual art.

As a trombonist, composer and improviser, he has performed with Anthony Braxton, Dave Ballou, Gerald Cleaver, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Satoko Fujii Duo and Orchestra NY, Frank Gratkowski, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Roswell Rudd, and Michael Sarin.

Brian has released five CDs: Synapse - Trio with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey, Duo (with Reuben Radding,) Solo Trombone, Brain Killer, SKETCHEE and toured extensively.

Brian is a recent recipient of a Meet the Composer Global Connections Grant for Mexico in 2007, named a finalist in 2005 Antti Rissanen Jazz Trombone Competition in Kotka, Finland, and directed, composed and arranged for Burnin!, The Texas Tech Jazz Trombone Band, winner of the 2005 ETW Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. In 2003, Brian was awarded a residency from Diverse Works, of Houston, to present new works with Brain Killer.

He has had compositions premiered at several international, national and regional festivals, including the 2004 ITF in Ithaca, 2006 Midwest Electronic Music Festival, 2006 SCI Conference at Rice University, 2005 ETW, TMEA and TBA Conferences. His compositions include pieces for wind ensemble, electronica, chamber ensembles, Mexican Banda, rock and/or roll, and jazz.

Dedicated to education, Brian teaches privately and at Brazosport College. Brian has studied with Don Lucas and Robert Diehl at Texas Tech University with a Masters in Composition and Bachelors in Performance.

Brian is currently developing new projects and means of expression in a broader context through the integration of the visual and aural arts.

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David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Stephen Lange

"Great instruments are the result of their maker's purpose, understanding of their craft, and honest relationships with their clientele. Through blood, sweat, and ears, the folks at Edwards Instruments embody this philosophy, and helped build my beloved instrument. Unlike other trombones, the Edwards T350-HB allows for timbral and color shifts throughout the dynamic range, while having a security and ease of production in all registers - found in no other I've ever played. Whether playing second trombone in the Boston Symphony or first trombone of the Boston Pops, it's hard to imagine an instrument that is as versatile as this one."

Stephen Lange
Second Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra