Chris has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Sheridan Smith, Charlie Wood, Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Omar Kamal, Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Lea Salonga, Steve Furst, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Steve Waterman to name a few.
He also leads his own group, which has performed at festivals and respected venues in the UK and Europe including the International Guitar Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Bonington Theatre, Maison Musique Torino Italy, the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London, has had press and radio-play as far afield as Portugal and Los Angeles and received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist.
Invisible Landscape was released in July 2016 on independent label Perdido Records, with a launch gig at Pizza Express Dean St in London. Chris’s fourth album as a bandleader, it received excellent reviews; praised for impeccable performances, and a distinctive melodic gift.
‘a non-cliched linear improviser of great originality and talent…an excellent recording of modern music full of variety, intensity and interest.’ Jazzviews
‘In an age of instant downloads and short attention spans, ‘Invisible Landscape’ is a brave album built on artistic integrity, framed by Allard’s inventive musical vision and realized by the band’s technical and improvisational excellence’ ★★★★ Get Ready to Rock
"One of the great guitarists in this country"Jamie Cullum
New piano/guitar duo album to be released on Perdido records - more on this very soon...
Very pleased to return to the amazing Roth Academy - in some extremely prestigious company - to do a series of 6 online guitar classes over November/early December https://www.rothacademy.co.uk
My composition 'Ocean Mirage' from the brand new Secret Sessions album 'Hoop' video now on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L37wRq-kFbg It features a fantastic saxophone solo by the one and only Paul Booth, and the monstrous playing of: Tom Walsh (Tpt), Nichol...
|25/05/22||BBC Big Band||Perth||Perth Festival|
|31/05/22||Sebastiaan de Krom||London||The Troubadour|
|11/06/22||BBC Big Band||Harrow||Harrow Arts Centre|
|Time: 7:30pm. Buy Tickets|
|22/07/22||Charlie Wood||London||Jazzlive at the Crypt|
|Time: 8:00pm. Address: St. Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, Camberwell.|
|25/09/22||Ben Crosland Quintet||Wigan||Wigan Jazz Club|
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