Born in New York City, Allen has been playing the harmonica for 28 years. Playing everything from blue grass to the blues, Allen has performed with musical headliners like John Sebastian, Leon Redbone, Tom Paxton, and the Edgar Winter Group. The "Guide To Jazz and Blues In The USA" lists Allen as one of the blues performers to see when in the Indianapolis area.
He has performed as a harmonica playing Santa Claus before thousands at the Indiana Convention Center, and was recruited by director, Denise Lasalle to create a harmonica score to accompany the Indianapolis Civic Theater's production of "The Foreigner".
Above all musical forms, Allen loves the blues. He has played blues harp as a member of the Yank Rachell blues band. Rachell the legendary blues mandolin player, and partner to harmonica great John lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson has said of Allen: "That Allen can really play the harmonica. He's the best in town. He sounds like Sonny Boy".
In a recent issue of "Steppin Out" Magazine music critic, Melvin Walden-James had this to say after hearing a performance of the Yank Rachell Blues Band:
"Finally the most dynamic and consistently expressive player, Allen Stratyner. His rhythmic feel and churning backfills on mouth harp are the identifying characteristics that will set this blues band apart from the others."
Some of the other blues notables Allen has performed with include Pat and Chris Webb, Sugar Blue, James Harman Band, Andrea Faye of Saffire, The uppity Blues Women, Dave Morgan, Corky Siegal, Paul Orta And The Kingpins, Lonnie Brooks, Eddie Shaw Jr., Sons of The Blues, Big Joe and The Dynaflos, The Paladins, Cathy and Stuart Norton, and George Bedard and The Kingpins.
In 1989, Allen performed with two blues greats, "Pinetop" Perkins and Louis Myers at the first Indy Blues Festival. In a review in "Blues Indy", the Blues Society Of Indiana magazine, Music critic, Steve Guy said: "Stratyner gets better and wilder and more intense all the time. He drew approving glances from Myers, who has played with harp men the likes of Jr. Wells and Little Walter."
These days Allen performs with friends and fellow musicians, Pat Webb and Pat's son, Chris Webb. Both Webbs are acknowledged to be two of the finest high energy acoustic guitar players in the country today. The acoustic trio of, Webb-Stratyner-Webb produces a sound that honors the tradition of the blues and folk music that they love. They perform with improvised abandon that excites audiences wherever they play.
Allen's harmonica is featured on Pat's new release, "Silver Lady And The Wild Stallion". The recording contains one of Allen's own compositions, "Blues For Izzy". He wrote this in honor of his Dad , the accountant for many jazz greats like Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. Allen's Brother, Harris, uses "Blues For Izzy" as the theme song for his very popular Westchester, NY radio show, "Here's To Your Good Health" which is heard every Sunday at 10:AM Eastern Standard time on WFAS AM 1230. Indianapolis Star music critic, Marc Alan named "Silver Lady And The Wild Stallion" the best release of 1994 produced by an independent record company, and wrote "it contains some of the most soulful music I have ever heard."
Allen's most recent project is a new CD, "Too Hot For The Devil," recorded with the legendary blues men, Yank Rachell and Pat Webb.