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JD Allen
JD Allen
JD Allen

JD Allen (rehearsal & performance)
@ the Queen Elizabeth Hall
17 November 2014

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Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright rising light on today’s international jazz scene. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument - the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art - has recently earned Allen a blaze of critical attention signalling his ascension to the upper ranks of the contemporary jazz world.

Originally from Detroit, Allen’s apprenticeship, anchored by his lengthy tenure with Betty Carter, occurred largely in New York, where he worked with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney. He added his voice to that of his contemporaries as well; Cindy Blackman, Eric Revis, Orrin Evans, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dave Douglas, Jeremy Pelt, Gerald Cleaver and Nigel Kennedy continue to call upon him to augment their musical visions. Allen’s debut album, “In Search Of” (Red Records, 1999), won him the Best New Artist award in Italy, and reviewers praised him for his compositions and conceptual boldness. His second release, “Pharoah’s Children” (Criss Cross, 2002), again won him accolades for its thoughtfulness, maturity, and adventurousness. One of Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Picks Top 10 Albums of the Year, the album was widely praised in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2008 Allen began an association with Sunnyside Records, which released “I Am – I Am” featuring Gregg August (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) and garnered rave reviews from the New York Times (Ben Ratliff’s Playlist), Time Out NY (music cover), All About Jazz, Jazzman, Jazz Wise and Downbeat. That year Allen appeared on NPR's Jazz Perspectives, WNYC's Soundcheck and WKCR's Musician's Show. Allen was named ‘Rising Star’ in DownBeat's 2011 Critic’s Poll as well as a finalist in the 2010, 2009 and 2008 polls.

In 2009, Allen released his follow-up Sunnyside recording, Shine! He received TOP 10 album of the year in over 25 publications worldwide including; NPR’S Top 5 Albums of 2009 (Shine!), JazzTimes Top 50 Albums of 2009 (Shine!), Village Voice #9 Jazz Album of the Year (Shine!), Boston Globe Top Jazz Album of the Year, 2009 (Shine!). Word-of-mouth praise for the album led Lorraine Gordon, owner of the famed and historic Village Vanguard to invite him and his trio for a weeklong stint. The engagement was met with relentless coverage from the cultural press and further acclaim.

JD Allen Band

JD Allen Band JD Allen & Jonathon Barber

Jonathon Barber & Alexander Claffy

Jonathon Barber & Alexander Claffy Jonathon Barber & Alexander Claffy

JD Allen & Jonathon Barber

JD Allen

JD Allen

JD Allen & Jonathon Barber



Grace Bloom JD Allen Trio - Shine! JD Allen Trio - Victory



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JD Allen @ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club (click to go to his page)

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