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
Livestream from Ronnie Scott’s 22/03 8pm: Ross Stanley presents Time is of the Essence – a tribute to Michael Brecker
Looking forward to livestream gig from Ronnie Scott's with these fantastic musicians: https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/6348-live-streaming-tonight-ross-stanley-presents-time-is-of-the-essence-a-tribute-to-michael-brecker
nice gig at the GUITAR FEST this Saturday 2-3pm UK time, streamed live on Youtube here: 3) Saturday 5th - Chris Allard & Ross Stanley Session at 2pm (UK Time) https://youtu.be/D-ELM7q9WJU Chris Allard on guitar Ross Stanley on piano It’s free! But it’s possible to...
Very pleased to be playing at the brand new Live Streaming Guitar Fest at 2pm on December 5th in duo with great pianist Ross Stanley. https://www.meiergroup.com/guitarfest?fbclid=IwAR0Ru2AtYrlR0mdg8rDNgWUJsA0DJIF3ZRmXzpc_rKbxRI8GkmXlOxn_Qw0
Line-up: CHARLIE WOOD keys/vocals; CHRIS ALLARD guitar; DUDLEY PHILLIPS bass; NIC FRANCE (drums)Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose work incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music. Wood’s most recent album, a...
Tuesday 16th June 7pm - 8.30pm. Looking forward to teaching this jazz guitar workshop - organised by the marvellous Suffolk Jazz School. 'Guitarist Chris Allard will Improve your jazz guitar playing, drawing on material from greats including Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery...
|05/06/21||Ross Stanley presents ‘Time is of the Essence’ by Michael Brecker||Nottingham||Peggy’s Skylight Live Jazz|
|Time: 6:00pm. Address: 3 George Street.|
|26/09/21||Chris Allard Band||Colchester||Colchester Arts Centre|
|Time: 7:30pm. Buy Tickets More information|
|12/11/21||Chris Allard/Brandon Allen Quartet||Huddersfield||Jazz at the Keys|
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