Allen Dennard Quintet
Allen Dennard is a trumpeter, composer and bandleader who was born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan.
Allen Dennard is a trumpeter, composer and bandleader who was born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 9 Allen decided to join his elementary school's band, John Trix Elementary. From then on he never put the trumpet down, finding a whole new passion for instrumental music. In 5th grade Allen was introduced to jazz, but his understanding and liking toward it was not yet found. Throughout middle school Allen decided to stop playing jazz and took up classical music instead. Little did he know that in the near future he'd come to find himself feeling restricted while playing classical music. Throughout high school he still chose to play classically, but around the 10th grade he decided to dive back into jazz. From then on he chose jazz as his musical style. He began to study players such as Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, and Roy Hargrove just to name a few. Around his senior year of high school Allen had the privilege of being mentored by the great Marcus Belgrave, one of Detroit's own legendary trumpeters. From then on Allen's involvement in jazz increased exponentially.
After high school Allen decided to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he received a full ride from the university's jazz department. From then on he obtained other pivotal opportunities that would further him in his music career. Allen has made two appearances as a sideman in the Detroit Jazz Festival, one being with the great saxophonist Wendell Harrison (2015) and the other being with Detroit bassist Ali Bey (2017). Aside from that Allen has worked with several artist from the Detroit Music Factory label, such as Gayelynn Mckinney, De'Sean Jones and Sean Dobbins. He has also worked with Detroit saxophonist David McMurray from the Blue Note record label. In October 2018 Allen had the opportunity to work with famous R&B artist Ray J, being a member of the pit orchestra in a play that Ray J was in. Allen is also a bandleader and has three of his own groups, the Allen Dennard Trio, the Allen Dennard Quartet and the Allen Dennard Quintet. All groups have been headliners in venues around Detroit such as Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Cliff Bell's, Bert's Marketplace and the Whisky Parlor. The Allen Dennard Quartet has also traveled around the Midwest to areas such as Sylvania, OH. Allen's music is a mixture of jazz, contemporary, hip hip, r&b and funk. Allen still resides in Detroit, focusing on furthering his musical career in the local and national music scene.
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