JD Allen

“One of today’s premier tenor saxophonists.”
– The New York Times

“The spirit of serious jazz tenor saxophone endures in JD Allen.”
– JAZZTIMES

“Passion & Poetry….There was an emotional depth to Allen’s playing that transformed blues lines into poetry….melody counts mightily to him, whether written or improvised…grace and passion…”
– The Boston Globe

“JD Allen plays Vanguard tenor; worthy of comparison to Sonny and Coltrane with Elvin at the Vanguard, the music that got to me as a teenager and has stayed with me ever since…JD’s concept, his sound and his execution took me there.”
– BOB BLUMENTHAL, jazz critic & author of Saxophone Colossus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and harddriving style,” JD Allen is a bright 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 earned Allen years of critical attention signaling 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, Dave Douglas, Cindy Blackman, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, Rufus Reid and Geri Allen.

In 2008, Allen began an association with Sunnyside Records to record his brand new trio, coined “the three headed monster” (Burning Ambulance), for I AM – I AM, featuring Gregg August (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). The album 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 Magazines. Allen also appeared on NPR’s Jazz Perspectives, WNYC’s Soundcheck and WKCR’s Musician’s Show. Allen was also named “Rising Star” in DownBeat’s 2011 Critic’s Poll as well as a finalist in the 2010, 2009 and 2008 polls.

Word-of-mouth praise for the album led Lorraine Gordon, owner of the famed Village Vanguard to invite him and his trio for a weeklong stint. The engagement was met with relentless coverage from the cultural press: Time Out New York selected his engagement as its top musical attraction for that week; he appeared on NPR/WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show; WBGO and the New York Times reviewed the historic residency, commending Allen for his trio’s “fearless approach to a formidable tradition.”

In 2009, Allen released his follow-up, Shine!, to further detonate the trail of musical gunpowder he had long been putting down. 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!).

Allen’s final trio record with the label, Victory!, (Sunnyside) also had a visual to go with it and Director Mario Lathan’s effort received the 2011 Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) award for “Best Short Film”, in addition to receiving worldwide recognition including a feature on NPR’s First Listen, an in-depth piece in the June issue of JazzTimes and 4**** stars from Downbeat.

In 2012, Allen began recording for Savant Records where he recorded The Matador and The Bull (2012), Grace (2013), Bloom (2014), Graffiti (2015), Americana: Musings on Jazz & Blues (2016), Radio Flyer (2017) and Love Stone (2018), his long awaited crticially acclaimed ballad record. Every release continuing to earn Allen massive recognition and “Album of The Year” Awards in every Critic’s Poll and notable publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, Downbeat Magazine and JazzTimes Magazine.

Tour Dates & Avails

Steve Lehman Trio // "The People I Love" US Tour

September 19, 2019 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
September 20, 2019 SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA, USA
September 21, 2019 Constellation
Chicago, IL, USA
September 22, 2019 Bop Stop
Cleveland, OH, USA
September 24, 2019 – September 25, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
September 26, 2019 Regatta Bar
Boston, MA, USA

The Jazz Gallery All-Stars

September 1, 2020 – October 18, 2020 AVAIL Worldwide

Tigran Hamasyan Fall/Winter

April 30, 2020 Lawrence University
Appleton, WI, USA

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Fall/Winter

September 14, 2019 Lodge Room
Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 16, 2019 Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA, USA
September 20, 2019 – September 21, 2019 Blue LLama
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
September 23, 2019 Dizzy's Club (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
October 22, 2019 CBE
Cologne, Germany
October 27, 2019 Grillo Theater
Essen, Germany
November 1, 2019 The Loft, UCSD
San Diego, CA, USA

Gerald Clayton Quartet US Tour

September 23, 2019 – September 24, 2019 Lied Center (Solo)
Lawrence, KS, USA
September 27, 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA, USA
September 28, 2019 – September 29, 2019 Moss Theatre
Los Angeles, CA, USA
October 1, 2019 Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ, USA
October 3, 2019 The Outpost
Albuquerque, NM, USA
October 4, 2019 Santa Fe Music Collective
Santa Fe, NM, USA
October 6, 2019 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
October 7, 2019 University of Nevada
Reno, NV, USA
October 8, 2019 The Triple Door
Seattle, WA, USA
October 10, 2019 – October 13, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
October 16, 2019 Blues Alley
Washington, DC, USA
October 19, 2019 The Factory at Franklin
Franklin, TN, USA
November 20, 2019 Herb Alpert Music Center (Solo)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Buika Summer

August 1, 2019 Patio Theater
Chicago, IL, USA
August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

JD Allen

April 2, 2019 – April 3, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
July 10, 2019 Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
July 12, 2019 Duc des Lombards
Paris, France
July 13, 2019 North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands
January 25, 2020 Jefferson Center
Roanoke , VA, USA

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

September 1, 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI, USA
December 13, 2019 – December 14, 2019 JALC with René Marie
New York, NY, USA

Marcus Lewis Big Band

September 3, 2019 Des Moines Jazz Festival
Des Moines, IA, USA

Maurice 'Mobetta' Brown & Soul'd Out Spring/Summer

March 28, 2019 – March 30, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
April 28, 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans, LA, USA
May 10, 2019 Spokane Falls Community College
Spokane Falls, WA, USA
June 27, 2019 Duck Down BBQ
Brooklyn, NY, USA

Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra

August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
September 14, 2019 Lake George Jazz Festival
Lake George, NY, USA
September 28, 2019 Tempe Arts Center
Tempe, AZ, USA
October 12, 2019 Mondriaan Jazz Festival
The Hague, Netherlands
November 8, 2019 SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA, USA
November 15, 2019 – November 16, 2019 Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Theo Croker 'Star People Nation' Spring/Summer

April 3, 2019 Just Jazz Series
Los Angeles, CA, USA
April 17, 2019 Soul'd Out Music Festival
Portland , OR, USA
May 8, 2019 The Django (Big Brother Big Band)
New York, NY, USA
May 9, 2019 Virginia Arts Festival
Norfolk, VA, USA
May 10, 2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD, USA
May 11, 2019 THEARC
Washington, DC, USA
May 22, 2019 – May 26, 2019 Black Cat
San Francisco, CA, USA
June 13, 2019 – June 16, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA

Marcus Strickland 'Twi-Life'

August 4, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA

Joel Ross 'Good Vibes' 'Kingmaker' Release Tour

August 3, 2019 Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI, USA
August 30, 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL, USA
September 13, 2019 White Plains Jazz Festival
White Plains, NY, USA
October 17, 2019 Kummbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
October 18, 2019 Vashon Center for the Arts
Vashon, WA, USA
October 19, 2019 Earshot Jazz Festival
Seattle, WA, USA
October 20, 2019 Holocene
Portland, OR, USA
October 21, 2019 Brubeck Institute
Stockton, CA, USA
October 25, 2019 BRIC Jazz Festival
Brooklyn, NY, USA
November 21, 2019 – June 5, 2019 Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, PA, USA
December 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020 Umbria Winter Jazz Festival
Umbria, Italy

Sullivan Fortner Trio 2019

July 20, 2019 – July 21, 2019 Cola Jazz Camp
Columbia, SC, USA
July 28, 2019 Woods Hole Jazz (Solo Piano)
Falmouth, MA, USA
September 19, 2019 Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, USA
September 22, 2019 – September 23, 2019 Boise Jazz Society
Boise , ID, USA
October 1, 2019 Exuberance
Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3, 2019 – October 6, 2019 Jazz Standard
New York, NY, USA
October 26, 2019 Clermont-Ferrand
Clarmont-Ferrand, France
November 18, 2019 – November 19, 2019 Paris Philharmonie
Paris, France
December 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020 Umbria Winter Residency
Umbria, Italy

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