Brighton, NY – On Thursday, June 19, 2019, at the age of 93.
Jack was a lifelong music lover and trumpet player. He played with the Army Band during his time in the service and was leader of the 16 piece Jack Allen Band for 30 years.
In a City Newspaper article dated August 9th, 2017, Frank DeBlase wrote: In the late-1970s, Allen joined the Chick Edmond Big Band and took over 15 years later when Edmond handed him the reins. Out of respect, Allen didn’t change the band name until 2001.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Jack Allen’s Big Band live, you’ve seen the band leader not at the podium like some stuffy maestro with a baton but playing his trumpet with one hand while conducting with the other. His feet join the party, too, as he stomps out intros and time signatures from down in the trenches with his band.