Jen has performed with many jazz greats including Nat Reeves, Jimmy Greene, Charles Flores and Kendrick Oliver, in venues throughout the nation and world. She appears frequently in New York, the Northeast US and beyond, as the leader of her own trio and quintet, and as a member of the collaborative New Unity Quartet, the Umoja Septet, and other jazz and creative music ensembles.
Since 2011, Allen has been a senior teaching artist for Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. She is a faculty member at the Litchfield Jazz Camp and director of the Connecticut regional combo program. She has held positions at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The University of Hartford, the University of Saint Joseph and the University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts. Jen is presently on the faculty of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, directing the Jazz Ensemble and teaching jazz history and music business.
In May 2011, Jen was chosen as one of only eight pianists from around the world to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Later that year, she released her debut album “Pieces of Myself” featuring her original works and the playing of Dave Baron, Lee Fish, Josh Evans, Kris Allen and Andrew Renfroe. Her second album will be released late 2015.
At the end of 2014, Jen had her first book published through Alfred's Publishing called Sitting In: Jazz Piano. It was co-authrored with the great pianist, Noah Baerman. This book was the recipient of Music Inc. Magazine's Editor's Choice Award 2015.
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