Nate Allen is a freelance bassist, banjoist, and vocalist based in NYC. He plays with a variety of artists & ensembles, and teaches private music lessons.
Nate has toured across the United States and Europe, and has recorded with various artists including Peter Karp and Sue Foley, the Kristijan Krajčan Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Nicole Hart, Black Gold, Friend Roulette, Scott Barkan, The Fine Machines, Illumntr, and Crooks and Perverts. Today, he plays in a variety of groups ranging in styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk, pop, soul, roots, and fusion. He enjoys learning new styles and instruments. In addition to bass (upright and electric), banjo, and guitar, he also plays the keyboard bass and various percussion instruments.
In 2008, he won second place in the International Generations Jazz Competition in San Francisco, CA. At the music conservatory at SUNY Purchase in New York, he studied under great jazz musicians and educators including Doug Weiss, Kermit Driscoll, Javon Jackson, Ralph Lalama, Jimmy Greene, and Charles Blenzig.
Nate was born in Manchester, NH. At age fifteen, he picked up an electric bass to jam with his cousins and has never looked back. He quickly developed an affinity for string instruments. Two years later, at the urging of his teacher, he began learning the double bass. With a burning curiosity to learn more about various styles of music, Nate started joining every ensemble he could whether it was hip hop, jazz, Latin, classical, rock, pop, or metal. After four years of jazz study at SUNY Purchase, he moved to New York City to continue his musical journey. In the last several years, he has played venues across the city including the Highline Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Mercury Lounge, and many many more. Nate currently lives in Beacon, NY, where he performs regularly in NYC and the Hudson Valley