Welcome to the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Page
Home of Bill Allred and the Classic Jazz Band. Find albums, info, and more.
Performing for over 25 years, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band started in Orlando, Florida in 1990 with a group of former musicians of Walt Disney World and Rosie O’Gradys. 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. That was over 25 years and 14 recordings ago.
Going to a Classic Jazz Band set is much like attending a symposium on the history of jazz. You are apt to hear anything from Jelly Roll Morton to Count Basie and all the stops in between. The band uses the five-horn front line typical of such bands as those of Matty Matlock, Billy Maxted, and Red Nichols, as well as The World’s Greatest Jazz Band.