Jack Allen's Big Band




Picture taken by Frank De Blase

Born in Rochester, New York, Jack's first exposure to the trumpet was at the age of 5, listening and watching his father Sam, an accomplished musician in his own right, practice playing the trumpet around the house.  His father began giving Jack lessons and by the time Jack was 8 years old, he was playing trumpet duets with him.  At the age of 12, Jack was playing gigs with various groups in the city (High School dances, Church dances, etc.)

After finishing high school, Jack traveled with big bands and combos touring cities in the east and mid-west playing ballrooms, theaters and hotels.

Jack left the road after being drafted in the army.  After basic training, Jack was transferred to the 25th Army Band, stationed at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.  Jack was one of the solo trumpeters in the concert band which consisted of 64 musicians from all over the states.  He played the Jazz Trumpet Chair with the 24 piece dance band and also played with the 8 piece Dixieland Group.

Jack was chosen to lead a 10 piece group who played at Officers Clubs on and off the base along with other related service functions.  Participating in the band were some well known musicians from all over the United States.

The band (concert and dance band) traveled to New York City weekly to perform on radio and television army related shows.

Jack returned to Rochester after serving 2 years in the military. While attending college, he studied accounting and business administration.  After graduation, he then married Marie who are now the proud parents of daughter Linda and her family, husband Tom, sons Sam, Patrick, Ryan and daughter Brienne.  Jack continued with his music, playing with many groups around the area.  The 4 and 5 piece group played in night clubs, performed at Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and private parties.  Jack also played with the Monroe County Parks Band, the Ice Capades and the Shrine Circuses.

During his career, Jack studied privately at the Eastman School of Music and Julliard, with Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt, Philadelphia, PA .

Jack then joined The Chick Edmond Big Band, which was a popular band in the city.  Along with Chick Edmond, Jack played the Jazz Trumpet Chair for over 15 years.  When Chick passed away in July of 1993, Jack succeeded Chick as the band leader.  Jack proudly kept The Chick Edmond Big Band name for approximately 8 years.  In the year of 2001, the band was renamed, "Jack Allen's Big Band".

Jack Allen's Big Band has performed in the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). You can catch them this year on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at 6:00 at the Big Tent Downtown Rochester (admission is FREE just for our concert). For more information, please visit the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's website.

The band rehearses weekly at a location provided by the Town of Henrietta and visitors are welcome.  Jack provides the many great arrangements, that he receives from his connections in the music field.