courtesy of Ronald Stewart Photography

courtesy of Ronald Stewart Photography


Whether leading a jazz piano trio or composing for orchestra 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 at the Village Vanguard, 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.

As a pianist, Reuben 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. In May of 2019 he performed the music of Thelonious Monk as part of the Music for a Great Space Series in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Kevin McDonald Trio. As a composer for film, he created 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 an 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 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 and composer, and teaches 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.