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Sweet Georgia Brown - John Allred at the 2005 Ascona Jazz Festival with Olaf Poliehn piano, Andy Cleynert bass and Troy Davis drums
John Allred - Trombone
John Allred knew at a young age that he wanted to carry on the jazz legacy of his grandfather and father. 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, 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 recordings.
John released his first trombone solo recording, IN THE BEGINNING with Arbors Records in 1993 (ARCD 19115). In 1998 the John Allred Quintet released FOCUSED on the AppleJazz label (AJCD 0062).
John Allred performs at many jazz parties, festivals, and workshops, making guest appearances worldwide.