Kris Allen

Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz Activities/Lecturer in Music, Director of the Jazz Ensemble
Bernhard Music Center Rm 35

Director of the Williams Jazz Ensemble


B.M. Hartt School, University of Hartford (1998)
M.M. State University of NY, Purchase Conservatory (2004)


Allen, Kris, Action Soprano at Sallies 2016

Kris Allen is the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz and Lecturer in Music at Williams and the director of the Williams Jazz Ensemble. An award winning saxophonist and composer, he has performed with many legends of jazz music, including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, Curtis Fuller, Andy Gonzales, and Curtis Fuller, as well as with modern stars such as Helen Sung, Winard Harper, Jeremy Pelt, Andy Laverne, the Mingus Dynasty, and Mario Pavone. In addition to numerous ongoing sideman projects Kris is a co-founder of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance and member of the Truth Revolutions Recording Collective. His quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of original works Circle House (2012) and Beloved (2016) and toured nation and worldwide. Prior to joining the Williams community he held positions at Trinity College, the Hartt School, Southern Connecticut State University, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He has been a senior teaching artist in the many educational programs of Litchfield Performing Arts since 2001.

Kris is a Vandoren Artist, and plays Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures exclusively.

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Photo Credit: Jay Corey