Allen Fredrick - Lead & Ryhthm Guitar
Allen Fredrick is a dynamic vocalist, as well as guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica player whose style is rooted in Blues, Rock, Jazz and R&B.
He was keyboardist and singer in The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils (Fantasy Records) for two years where he played many showcase clubs and concerts in the San Francisco Bay area. He then joined Maria Muldaur as musical director, keyboardist, singer and harmonica player. He performed with Maria for five years touring throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada. He was Harmonica player for famed bluesmen Yank Rachel (She Caught the KATY) and Sleepy John Estes (Diving Duck Blues). He has also performed with Paul Butterfield, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitte, Elvin Bishop, Dan Hicks, The Shirelles, and The Drifters. He has extensive live performance experience, having played internationally for large concerts, showcase clubs and television, including the David Letterman show.
Allen holds a Bachelor Degree from Indiana University where he studied Jazz improvisation from renowned trombonist David Baker and composition from composers John Eaton and Iannis Xenakis. While living in Indiana he received formal voice training from Helen Tyner and guitar from now deceased jazz guitarist Maestro Paolo.
Upon relocating to California he studied piano from Duke Ellington arranger William Mathieu and from jazz pianist Si Perkoff. He took on a faculty position at Family Light Music School in Sausalito where he taught seminars and workshops in addition to classes and private lessons in music theory, improvisation and keyboard technique.
He recently returned from Central America where he worked in a world class recording studio as a producer, engineer, singer and voice-over artist for television and radio commercials. While in Central America, he was the featured artist for Rock concerts as well as musical engagements at hotels and tourist resorts. At present, he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he plays at all the top hotels for corporate special events and for the major cruise line whose yachts tour the Bay.
In addition, Allen is a composer and has recently completed a choral work in SATB with keyboard accompaniment. He is also a songwriter and his first CD entitled “Cover All The Angles” (dognpony Records) is comprised of original songs with a Rock/R&B flavor. A new CD entitled “Between the Lines” is now available at CD Baby as well as digitally downloadable at iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon Mp3 and includes more original compositions in the Alternative Rock vein. He is currently recording tracks for a new CD of original Spanish tunes in the latino styles of Cumbia, Regueton, Bachata, Merengue and Bolero where Allen’s fluency in Spanish comes into play.