Luther Allison


Jazz Institute

Hailing from Charlotte, NC, multi-instrumentalist Luther S. Allison was first exposed to jazz his senior year of high school through a local non-profit organization named Jazz Arts Initiative, directed by Lonnie and Ocie Davis. Since his involvment in the organization throughout high school, Allison had the opportunity to perform alongside Donald Harrison and Delfeayo Marsalis prior to entering college at the age of 17.

Over his time at The University of Tennessee, Allison worked as a sideman on both drums and piano alongside Gregory Tardy, Donald Brown, Conrad Herwig, and Steve Davis to name a few. At the age of 19, Allison recorded his first record on drums as a sideman to leader Michael Dease on his 2017 record Father Figure. One year later, he returned to Brooklyn to record piano on Dease's 2018 record entitled Reaching Out. In 2017, Allison became the first recipient of the Clyde Kerr Jr. Scholarship Award, presented by Jazz Arts Initiative in his hometown of Charlotte, NC.