Born: "Edward Clifton Allen", Nashville, Tenessee, USA
Died: New York, USA
First learning piano, Allen started as a professional in 1916 before leading his own formation in 1921 (along with Sidney Desvigne, John St. Cyr and Pops Foster).
He eventually relocated to Chicago where he played with Earl Hines, then to New York where he recorded a lot, notably with Clarence Williams and Leroy Tibbs.
Hi career somewhat faded out during the 40s, and he almost stopped working during the 60s due to his bad health.
Note there is another trumpeter also named Eddie Allen in jazz, who came much later and who is otherwise unrelated.
Church Street Sobbin' Blues, Yama Yama Blues, Take your Black Bottom Outside, Cushion Foot Stomp (1927), Log Cabin Blues, Sweet Emaline, I'm Through (with Clarence Williams, 1928), Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (with Bessie Smith, 1929).
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