courtesy of Ronald Stewart Photography

courtesy of Ronald Stewart Photography


Whether leading a jazz piano trio or composing for the concert stage and film, Reuben Allen is an adept story teller, drawing listeners into the unique experience of every piece. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Kenny Barron Quintet, the Houston Symphony Orchestra with The Suffers, the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble, and the Eastman Saxophone Project. Reuben’s string quartet arrangement of Aaron Copland’s Hoe Down was performed in Statuary Hall following the Inauguration of President Obama in 2013. His work draws upon a wide variety of musical languages including jazz, classical, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian. He has been honored to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Bernard Purdie, John Boutté, and Bob Brookmeyer and has performed at the New Orleans, Torino, and Stanford Jazz Festivals as well as at venues including The Blue Note and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City. Most recently, he wrote music to the documentary "Lives Visible" which explores the history of Chicago's lesbian community and contributed to the feature film "The Second Sun" as a arranger and orchestrator.

Born just north of Chicago into a family of artists and art appreciators, Reuben grew up listening to music by local and touring jazz masters at the Jazz Showcase, the world renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a diverse mix of genres over family meals thanks to his parents and their record collection. Upon discovering albums by Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Miles Davis, he began studying jazz and classical piano voraciously, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition/Arranging as well as the Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from Juilliard. He currently lives in New York where he is an active performer, composer, and educator teaching jazz piano courses at the Juilliard Evening Division. 



Original Music and Arrangements by Reuben Allen

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Music for Orchestra

by Reuben Allen

Original music for orchestra inspired by film.