BillAllredClassicJazzBandBill Allred Leader/Trombone
Herb Bruce, Trombone
Charlie Bertini, Trumpet  
Don Johnson, Trumpet
Terry Myers, Reeds
Randy Morris, Piano
David Pruyn, Drums
Jay Mueller, Bass

This year marks the 25 anniversary of the Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band.  In 1990, the Band was born in Orlando from a group of ex-Rosie O’Grady and Disney musicians. They started essentially as a “kicks” band, collecting and playing the arrangements of Matty Matlock and Billy Maxted.  After performing at a few jazz festivals, they realized that there was a real market for their “little big band” type of sound. Over the years, the Classic Jazz Band has added an eclectic collection of written and improvised jazz to its library. After learning of the band’s desire to tour with a classic library, noted pianist and arranger Billy Maxted contributed quite a few of his great charts. Other contributors include Bob Haggart, legendary writer and performer Joe DeWeese, Dave Wolpe, Scott Whitfield, John Bambridge, Terry Waddell and Dave MacKenzie, as well as the band’s own John Allred and Bob Pickwood.

The band has appeared at jazz festivals and/or presented concerts in Sacramento, Palm Springs and Mammoth Lakes, California; Davenport, Iowa; Madison, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Elkhart and Indianapolis, Indiana; Sun Valley, Idaho; Seaside, Oregon; the Jazz Café at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; and at festivals and a wide variety of venues throughout Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. Overseas trips have taken them to Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Italy and South America.

Bill-Allred-Classic-BandFor band leader Bill Allred, it all started in New Orleans.  Bill's grandmother was born near New Orleans in the town of Franklin. His Father, John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on many of the steamboats of the great "Strickfus Line" playing in and around New Orleans as well as up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.  Bill was born near the Mississippi River in the town of Rock Island, Ill. He played trombone at Rock Island High School, in the U.S.Navy Band and at St. Ambrose College.

In 1971, Bill auditioned for the position of staff musician at the new Walt Disney World attraction in Orlando, Florida. He was chosen as one of the original 200 staff musicians from over 2500 auditioned. In 1974, Bill's next stop was at Rosie O'Grady's in Orlando where he organized the Goodtime Jazz Band and produced the world-famous Goodtime Show.  Allred remained at Rosie O'Grady's for over 15 years serving as Entertainment Director and Band Leader.   His production efforts have been rewarded by many accolades, among them, the coveted Carbonell Award given by Florida Entertainment writers for excellence in show production.

In 1991 Bill accepted an offer to return to Walt Disney World as a staff musician. In addition to Disney, he continues to head up his own entertainment production company in Orlando and is involved in many musical activities. With all of these activities, Bill still finds time to broaden his musical scope by traveling, performing and recording throughout the US and in Europe.  His jazz performances have taken him to the major jazz festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad. Bill has appeared in concerts with Jack Teagarden, Billy Butterfield, Al Hirt, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Al Cohen, Zoot Sims, Snooky Young, Ross Tomkins, Bob Cooper, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Butch Miles, Tom Saunders, Chuck Hedges, and countless other jazz personalities from all over the world.

For some years, Bill was a member of the Wild Bill Davison Jazz Band, traveling to Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, South America and at many other festivals and concerts worldwide. Bill still remains a member of Wild Bill Davison Legacy Band, a group championed by cornetist Tom Saunders.

Website:   www.billallred.com

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