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"Meet me on Frenchmen Street" - Released October, 2007 (Independent)

"Box Who In?" - Released May, 2009 (Threadhead Records)

"Bring 'Em to the Dome - The New Anthem For Saints Fans" - EP Released October, 2009 (Independent)

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When Willie Nelson established the need for a trumpeter to complete the lineup for the recent Willie and the Wheel tour, he wisely turned to the birthplace of jazz and sought out one of the city's finest musicians.

Hailed by star drummer Bob French as “the new coming of his era,” Allen recently snapped up a 2008 Big Easy Award for best emerging artist and plans to exceed the expectation with a his latest release which promises a musical arrangement that breaks the mold of conventional brass.
Allen's freshman CD "Meet me On Frenchman Street" took a modern approach to traditional Jazz and produced an instant classic with the title track. But Allen didn’t stop there.
His rock/funk/hip-hop band, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs released their debut CD in April of 2009, aptly entitled, "Box Who In?." A bold statement against being categorized under any one genre, the widely anticipated release delivers a radical departure from Frenchman Street and takes listeners back to where Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis left off.

"Meet me On Frenchman Street" was an homage to the storied past of New Orleans; "Box Who In?" is a vision of its future. The tracks are representative of what's here and now, with an insight into the man behind the horn. "The title of the CD is how I feel," says Allen and "I will not be put into the box of a particular style of music. Maybe one day I will want to do a country record and I don't want to feel limited in any situation."

And limited he is not. Allen is regularly featured on tour with nouveau funk band Galactic and occasionally joins singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez’s Rolling Road Show. He participated in a month-long tour as a member of a 12- piece backing band with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, followed by a recent recording session with the country icon in Austin, Texas.

Shamarr Allen is certainly making his mark, transcending his local celebrity and spreading his star power throughout the U.S. and abroad. Once hailed as New Orleans’ latest trumpet flash, Allen is now regarded as “one of the brightest diamonds to emerge from the Crescent City in recent years.”