Allred's Classic Jazz Band Bios
Allred - Leader, Trombone
all started in New Orleans, Bill's grandmother was born near
New Orleans in the town
of Franklin. His
John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on many of the steamboats
of the great "Strickfus Line" playing in and
around New Orleans as well as up and down the Mississippi
and Ohio rivers.
Bill Allred was also born near the Mississippi River in
the town of Rock Island. He played trombone at Rock Island
High School, in the U.S.Navy Band and at St. Ambrose College.
In 1971, Bill auditioned for the position of staff musician
at the new Walt Disney World attraction in Orlando, Florida.
He was chosen as one of the original 200 staff musicians
from over 2500 auditioned.
In 1974, Bill's next stop was at Rosie O'Grady's in Orlando,
Florida where he organized the Goodtime Jazz Band and produced
the world-famous Goodtime Show. Bill Allred remained at
Rosie O'Grady's for over 15 years serving as Entertainment
Director and Band Leader. Bill's production efforts have
been rewarded by many accolades, among them, the coveted
Carbonel award given by Florida Entertainment writers for
excellence in show production.
In 1991 Bill accepted an offer to return to Walt Disney
World as a staff musician. In addition to Disney, he continues
to head up his own entertainment production company in
Orlando and is involved in many musical activities. With
all of these activities, Bill still finds time to broaden
his musical scope by traveling, performing and recording
throughout the US and in Europe.
His jazz performances have taken him to the major jazz
festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad.
Bill has appeared in concerts with Jack Teagarden, Billy
Butterfield, Al Hirt, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel
Torme, Al Cohen, Zoot Sims, Snooky Young, Ross Tomkins,
Bob Cooper, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Butch Miles, Tom
Saunders, Chuck Hedges, and countless other jazz personalities
from all over the world.
For some years, Bill was a member of the Wild Bill Davison
Jazz Band, traveling to Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark,
England, South America and at many other festivals and
concerts worldwide. Bill still remains a member of Wild
Bill Davison Legacy Band, a group championed by cornetist
Tom Saunders. The Wild Bill Legacy recently performed concerts
in Lacrosse, Wisconsin and Sacramento and will be returning
to Europe in 1995 on their 10th Anniversary tour.