Reuben Allen is a versatile pianist and experienced educator who has shared the stage with many incredible artists including Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves. Reuben has performed at the New Orleans, Torino, and Stanford Jazz Festivals, and he has played many famous NYC venues including The Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Kenny Barron Quintet, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble, and the Eastman Saxophone Project. Reuben’s string quartet arrangement of Aaron
Copland’s Hoe Down was performed in Statuary Hall following the Inauguration of President
Obama in 2013.
Growing up in Chicago, Reuben was fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful music. He discovered
recordings by Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Miles Davis, which inspired him to study jazz
throughout high school. Reuben earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the
Eastman School of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition/Arranging respectively, as well
as the Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from Juilliard. During these years, he was fortunate to study
with Kenny Barron, Frank Kimbrough, Harold Danko, and Bill Dobbins.
Reuben spends his time between Los Angeles and New York City where he is an active performer, composer and educator. He currently
teaches piano and arranging courses at the Juilliard Evening Division and at Coast Music.