Jen Allen is a musician who never shies away from honest self-revelation. Her compositional output reads like an intimate diary of life experiences and relationships, offered with subtle and surprising narrative power. Jen's patient, searching piano and writing style infuses many contemporary ensembles of all sizes and stripes with sweetness and gravity.
Some of Jen's most formative and valued experiences have been occasions of collaboration and community with great artists and people. These include:
- Serving as Arranger and Musical Director for the 2017 Litchfield Jazz Festival Orchestra
- Publishing her first book: Sitting In: Jazz Piano. (Alfred Music 2014). This method book was the recipient of Music Inc. Magazine's Editor's Choice Award 2015.
- Releasing her debut album "Pieces of Myself" to critical acclaim in 2011. This work featured Jen's quintet with Josh Evans, Kris Allen, Lee Fish and Dave Barron.
- Being honored as a member of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2011
- Having the privilege to study with Jackie McLean, Andy Laverne and Harold Danko, ( B.M. African American Music- Hartt School) Jeff Holmes and Felipe Salles (M.M. Jazz Compositon- Umass Amherst)
Jen is presently a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City, and is featured on the upcoming debut release of the innovative, collaboratively led Trio 149 (with Noah Baerman and Jonathan Blake).
Jen is on the faculty of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, directing the Jazz Ensemble, teaching jazz history and music business. She loves connecting with her students and teaching them about the deep possibilities for using music to reflect, connect and transform the world around them. Jen is also a senior teaching artist for Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc. and has previously held positions at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and The University of Hartford.