Allred's Classic Jazz Band Bios
Allred - Trombone
John Allred knew at a young age that he wanted
to carry on the jazz legacy of his grandfather and father.
Born in Rock Island, Illinois and growing up in a musical
environment, John developed a deep appreciation for jazz.
At the age of 13 years, John played his first jazz festival
on trombone with his father, Bill Allred. A world-class
trombonist, Bill played an important part in John's early
musical development. Upon graduation from high school,
John relocated to Southern California to start playing
professionally with The Jazz Minors, a six-piece Dixieland
jazz band at Disneyland in Anaheim.
Still in his teens, John became very active in the Los
Angeles music scene. In addition to his interest in early
jazz, he ventured into other musical styles. John's versatility
allowed him many opportunities to perform with big bands
and studio orchestras.
In 1987 John enthusiastically accepted an offer to join
Woody Herman and The Young Thundering Herd as lead trombonist
and featured soloist. With the Herd, John performed with
Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, Stan Getz, and
Rosemary Clooney to name a few. During his engagement with
Woody's band, John played in hundreds of clubs, concert
halls and colleges across the nation, including Carnegie
Hall and The Kennedy Center.
John then relocated to Florida, becoming active in the
jazz and studio scenes. For the major motion picture My
Girl, John coached actor Dan Ackroyd to appear as if he
were playing the tuba. John also recorded the tuba parts
for the sound track.
In Orlando, John began working more with his father Bill
in Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band. Celebrating its 10th
anniversary in 2000, this band continues to tour internationally,
reaching thousands of fans and producing many exciting
John has also performed in many production shows for headliners
such as: Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton,
Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Regis and Kathy Lee, the Moody
Blues, The Temptations, and The Four Tops.
In 1990 John accepted a spot with the famed Matteson-Phillips
Tuba-Jazz Consort. This unique ensemble featured John on
euphonium alongside jazz great Rich Matteson and famous
tubist Harvey Phillips.
John released his first trombone solo recording, IN THE
BEGINNING with Arbors Records in 1993 (ARCD 19115). (See
album information at left.) In 1998 the John Allred Quintet
released FOCUSED on the AppleJazz label (AJCD 0062). Of
this recording, Don Sebesky writes:
Allred is a MONSTER! - Very scary. I haven't been
so impressed with a trombone player since Carl Fontana.
John plays the way I always wanted to, but didn't
the chops. He can be in my band anytime."
relocated to New York City in 1999, John Allred can be
found performing with groups such as Toshiko
Akiyoshi's Big Band, The Woody Herman Orchestra
under the direction
of Frank Tiberi, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, as well
as productions for Dick Hyman, and George Wein for
Jazz Festival. John has also appeared on many recent
jazz recordings ranging from traditional to modern.
Allred performs at many jazz parties, festivals, and
workshops, making guest appearances worldwide.
shared the stage with artists such as Conte Candoli, Dick
Hyman, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Ralph Sutton, Bobby Shew,
Tommy Newsom, Jack Sheldon, Clark Terry, Ken Peplowski,
Eddie Higgings, Byron Stripling, Ross Tompkins, Ray Sherman,
Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, Bob Haggart, Buddy Morrow,
Dave McKenna, Joe Ascione, Jeff Hamilton, Jay Leonhardt,
Jake Hanna, Scott Hamilton, Kenny Davern, Marvin Stamm,
Bob Wilber, Bill Allred, Ed Soph, Warren Vaché,
Allan Vaché, Harry Allen, Don Menza, Flip Phillips,
Plas Johnson, Louie Bellson, Red Holloway, Milt Hinton,
Chris Potter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Polcer, George Masso,
Bill Watrous, Ira Sullivan, Randy Sandke, Howard Alden,
Dan Barrett, Frank Capp, Joe Wilder.