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Chris Allard
Guitar, Songwriting
Sir John Dankworth, Dame Cleo Laine, Jamie Cullum, Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O'Higgins, The London Jazz Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Carleen Anderson and many more – see profile for details.
About / Bio
Chris is an electric and acoustic guitarist renowned on the London Jazz scene who is available for sessions and touring.

He has worked with, to name a handful:

Gwyneth Herbert

Dave O’Higgins

Jacqui Dankworth

Dame Cleo Laine

Sir John Dankworth

Tim Garland

John Helliwell (Supertramp)

Carleen Anderson

Paul Roberts (The Stranglers)

Jamie Cullum

Mike Walker

Dylan Howe

Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd)

Steve Furst

Kate Dimbleby

Charlie Wood

Madeline Bell

Gwilym Simcock

The BBC Big Band

Ken Peplowski

The London Jazz Orchestra

The Chris Allard Band was formed in 2002. They are well-known on the London scene, and have performed at numerous festivals and respected venues in the UK and in Europe, including the International Guitar Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Bonington Theatre, St James Theatre, London, Maison Musique Torino Italy, the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho London; and have had press and radio-play as far afield as Portugal and Los Angeles.

“Chris Allard is a regular on TV, radio and the international jazz festival circuit. Open Spaces demonstrates the group’s dexterity while maintaining a balance between tension and release as spiralling highs give way to relaxed improvisations. Top drawer.”

The Musician

Now signed to Sunlightsquare Records in London/Milan, third album Jupiter Island was released July 2013. Previous album Open Spaces received critical acclaim, including excellent reviews in Jazzwise, Musician, and four stars in Guitarist Magazine.

“Full-blooded solos…right on the money” Jazzwise

As a studio musician Chris has recorded in most of the best studios in the UK including Maida Vale, Abbey Road, Metropolis, Pinewood Studios, Air, and abroad at studios including Dinamec studio, Geneva, and Solar Studio, Los Angeles. Chris has recorded for legendary producers such as Tony Platt (Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Bob Marley).

Chris also works as a composer. Amongst other writing projects he recently wrote the music for Berlin Film Festival sponsored short film Spoilt Broth, which has been screened in Washington DC, Sydney, Moscow, London, Venice and New York City, where it won best comedy award at the GIAA Film Festival. It also won the USA Short Film Channel Best Film award 2012, and appeared at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in LA and various other international film festivals.

“One of the great guitarists in this country” Jamie Cullum, Live on Radio 2

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