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 is an adept story teller, drawing listeners into the unique experience of every piece. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and The Suffers, the Kenny Barron Quintet, 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, pop, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian. 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 venues including The Blue Note and Dizzy's Club in New York City. Most recently, he wrote music to the documentary "Lives Visible" which explores the history of Chicago's lesbian community as well as contributed to the feature film "The Second Sun" as a arranger and orchestrator.

Fortunate to grow up in a family of artists and art appreciators, Reuben’s musical studies accelerated at the age of thirteen upon discovering his parents jazz record collection. After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and an Artist Diploma from Juilliard, he lives in New York where he is an active performer, composer, and educator and teaches jazz piano courses at the Juilliard Evening Division.


Jazz Pianist and Composer

by Reuben Allen

Original Music and Arrangements by Reuben Allen

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Music for Orchestra

by Reuben Allen

Original music for orchestra written to a scene from the film "How to Train Your Dragon". In this scene Hiccup takes Astrid, a Viking girl who he has a crush on, on a flight on the Dragon "Toothless", who he has secretly trained in the forest outside of his village. Astrid is mistrustful of Toothless at first, but after a majestic ride over the sun drenched ocean and above the moonlit clouds she begins to admire the dragon and even embraces Hiccup at the end of their flight.

Original Music for Film