B.M., The Hartt School (2000)
Jen Allen is Visiting Lecturer in Music and Director of the Trinity Jazz Ensemble. She is a pianist and composer who has performed throughout the world with many different ensembles. In 2011, she was chosen as one of eight women world-wide to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her latest CD as a leader “Pieces of Myself” features her original compositions for jazz trio, quartet and quintet.
Jen is a graduate of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her teaching style focuses on both the development of individual “voice” and ensemble aesthetic. Jen believes in taking every opportunity to link her instruction to the aural tradition by which jazz language has been transferred for over a century, and enjoys using theoretical concepts to spur herself and her students into new harmonic and rhythmic territories. Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity Jen has taught at the University of Hartford and has served as a senior teaching artist with Litchfield Performing Arts.