The Brad Allen Trio
The Brad Allen Trio is a jazz band based out of Kansas City, MO, and consists of Seth Lee, upright bass, Rob Witsitt, guitar, and Brad Allen on drums and vocals. A sax and other horns are occasionally to the group for select performances.
The group performs jazz, funk and blues. Some listeners and reviewers have referred to them as a “jam band.” Influences and similar artists include John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Nat King Cole, Brian Setzer, Louis Prima and Bill Frisell.
The Brad Allen Trio was the house band at Grand Street Cafe on the Kansas City Plaza for over 3 years. The trio held down a similar house gig at Bristol Seafood Grill in Leawood, KS. Other notable performances include appearances at the Best Of Kansas City Jazz Series, in Topeka, KS, Green Lady Lounge, in Kansas City, Jazz & Blues Fest, in Lee’s Summit, MO, and the First Friday Jazz Series, at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.
The best group we had here all season-Jim Monroe, Best Of Kansas City Jazz Series, Topeka, KS
The sense of ease and comfort on this album is usually found on live rather than studio recordings. This is nowhere more apparent than on “Lullaby of Birdland” where considerable liberties are taken with the melody line, to good effect. Good stuff all around. Recommended-Dave Nathan, All About Jazz