Eric Allen - comes from Washington, currently lives in Poland. Eric has been playing jazz music for 30 years. Eric's style has been influenced by such musicians as: Art Blakey, Max Roach, Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, "Papa" Jo Jones, "Philly" Jo Jones, and Jimmy Cobb. He studied jazz performance and music theory at Lee Oddis Bass III at Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with the trumpeter Wallace Roney and bassist Clarence Seay. When he played at the local club Blues Alley in Washington, he got discovered by the jazzman Illinois Jacquet. He moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. When he lived in Boston, he joined the Illinois Jacquet Quintet with the great bass innovator Slam Stewart to give a performance at the famous New York Village Vanguard. Illinois Jacquet introduced him to a pioneer of hi-hat, the master of drums "Papa" Jo Jones. Thanks to another recommendation of Illinois Jacquet, Eric played with the great jazzman Lionel Hampton.