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
Ahead of the release of the album Secret Sessions: Hoop on Ubuntu Music this autumn, the single of my track Ocean Mirage is released worldwide - here is sampling link to the track: https://orcd.co/znov6wl More about the album here:...
Very excited about the long-awaited launch concert for HOOP at the Spice of Life in Soho, London, November 21st 2021 - part of the Secret Sessions project created and curated by incredible musician Paul Booth - being released on Ubuntu Records, and featuring an...
Excited about the launch concert of Ben's new album 'Solway Stories' 29th Sep 8pm https://www.606club.co.uk/events/view/ben-crosland-quintet-album-launch/
Looking forward to playing at the Ipswich Jazz festival at the beautiful St Peters by the Waterfront SUNDAY27TH JUNE2:15–3:45PM The Jim Watson Quartet will perform a tribute to the late Chick Corea. All the musicians are well known on the national jazz scene, playing...
|26/09/21||Chris Allard Band||Colchester||Colchester Arts Centre|
|Time: 7:30pm. Buy Tickets More information|
|29/09/21||Ben Crosland Quintet||London||606 Jazz Club|
|Time: 8:00pm. Address: 90 Lots road. Buy Tickets|
|01/10/21||Jacqui Dankworth||Saffron Walden, Essex||Saffron Hall|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Audley End Road. Buy Tickets|
|15/10/21||Ross Stanley presents ‘Time is of the Essence’ by Michael Brecker||London||Jazzlive at the Crypt|
|Time: 8:00pm. Address: St. Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, Camberwell. Buy Tickets|
|05/11/21||BBC Big Band||Poole||Lighthouse|
|13/11/21||BBC Big Band||Yeovil||Octagon Theatre|
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