"Great playing…beautiful…a real guitar player"

Pat Martino

Chris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Nuremberg Festival, Hackney Empire, O2 Arena London, Midem Festival Cannes, Friends of Jordan Festival, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Beiteddine Arts Festival (Lebanon), Edinburgh Festival, Bahrain Spring of Culture Festival, Duoro Jazz Festival (Portugal), The Royal Festival Hall. He has also played live on TV and radio, and appeared on numerous albums.

Chris has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Omar Kamal, Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, 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

Amongst other current projects Chris performs with Palestinian singer Omar Kamal; with recent performances at televised concerts with the Lebanese Symphony Orchestra and big band in Lebanon, and concerts in Jordan and Bahrain. He continues to play regularly with Charlie Wood, appearing on his recently recorded new album, to be released in 2018, as well as performing in various other groups such as the Fugata Quintet and the brand new contemporary tango group Almagro Ensemble led by John Turville.

Previous recent tours include arena tours with Il Divo in 2016 and 2014; including the O2 Arena in London. Throughout 2015 Chris toured with multi-platinum singer Russell Watson, the biggest selling UK classical artist of all time, with more than 80 sell-out concerts. Chris was playing classical, steel-string acoustic and electric guitars, as well as electric bass and mandolin. Also in 2014 Chris toured with Brit Award winning trumpeter Alison Balsom, venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

"One of the great guitarists in this country"

Jamie Cullum


Chris Allard Band in London 24th Feb at MAP

Looking forward to playing with my band at MAP Studio Cafe London Saturday 24th February from 8pm – proud to be featuring some of the best and most in-demand jazz musicians in the country: Brandon Allen – saxophones, Ross Stanley – piano, Oli... read more

London gig – Jan 17th

Looking forward to playing at Mill Hill Jazz Club in North London this coming Wednesday night with Oli Hayhurst on bass and Nick Smalley on drums – starting 20.30. https://www.millhilljazzclub.co.uk read more

Guitar class at Electric Campfire

Monday 17th October 8-9pm I’m excited to be giving a live-streamed guitar lesson on the fantastic guitarist Mike Outram’s Electric Campfire website. It’s worth checking this website out regardless of whether you can listen to the class as it’s... read more

Allard and Smith

New recording planned soon for our songwriting collaboration – this is our first recording, from last year. The new direction is more electric/rocky/bluesy.... read more

Upcoming Gigs

Date Artist City Venue
28/03/18 Charlie Wood London 606 Jazz Club
Time: 8:30pm. Address: 90 Lots road.
31/03/18 Omar Kamal Cairo The Pyramids
Time: 7:00pm.
04/05/18 Chris Allard Band Colchester Fleece Jazz
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Nayland Hotel, CO6 4PZ. Venue phone: 01787 211865.
21/06/18 Chris Allard Oxford The Spin Jazz Club
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 129 High Street.
24/06/18 Chris Allard jazz guitar workshop Ipswich Ipswich Jazz Festival
Time: 10:30am. Admission: £16. Address: St Peters By The Waterfront.
24/06/18 Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood Ipswich Ipswich Jazz Festival
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £20. Box office: +44 (0) 1473 295900. Address: St Peters By The Waterfront. Buy Tickets

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