"Great playing…beautiful…a real guitar player"

Pat Martino
Chris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Pyramids and Great Sphinx (Cairo), 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, 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


Ocean Mirage worldwide release on Ubuntu Music

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:...

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Jim Watson Quartet, ‘a tribute to Chick Corea’

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...

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Upcoming Gigs

Date Artist City Venue
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
Time: 7:30pm.
13/11/21 BBC Big Band Yeovil Octagon Theatre
Time: 7:30pm.

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