A native of Auburn, Alabama, Allen was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, he attended Berklee College of Music and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute, where he has remained on staff to the present. Allen also teaches at a new school called Shepherd University where he teaches with Abraham Laboriel, Otmaro Ruiz and Jimmy Branley.
Allen has a touch that most guitarists would kill for. Utilizing influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to the Beatles, Duane Allman to Alan Holdsworth.. his style is exciting and eclectic. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz and R&B luminaries including Randy Crawford, Gino Vannelli, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, BeBe and CeCe Winan, The Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, James Ingram, Marilyn Scott, Eric Marienthal, Boney James, and many others.