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J. D. Allen

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Instruments  Tenor saxophone
Name  J. Allen
Genres  Jazz, Hard bop
Years active  1996-present
Role  Composer
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Born  December 11, 1972 Detroit, Michigan (1972-12-11)
Albums  The Matador & The Bull, I Am I Am, The End Of Fear
Record labels  HighNote Records, Sunnyside Records, Red Records, Criss Cross Jazz
Similar People  Orrin Evans, Jeremy Pelt, Rudy Royston, Eric Revis, Gerald Cleaver

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J.D. Allen III (born December 11, 1972, Detroit, Michigan) is a jazz tenor saxophonist and composer.


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Allen has spent most of his career in New York City, where he has played with Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Gerald Cleaver, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dave Douglas and Nigel Kennedy.

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Allen's debut album, In Search of J.D. Allen, was awarded the Best New Artist award in Italy in 1999. His next release, Pharaoh's Children, was named one of Jazziz magazine's Critics Pics Top 10 Albums of the Year. The Victory! album, released in 2011, received a four star rating in DownBeat and was ranked the third best jazz album of 2011 by NPR.

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As leader

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  • In Search Of J.D. Allen (Red Records, 1999)
  • Pharaoh's Children (Criss Cross Jazz, 2003)
  • I Am I Am (Sunnyside, 2008)
  • Shine! (Sunnyside, 2009)
  • Victory! (Sunnyside, 2011)
  • The Matador and the Bull (Savant, 2012)
  • Grace (Savant, 2013)
  • Bloom (Savant, 2014)
  • Graffiti (Savant, 2015)
  • Americana: Musings On Jazz And Blues (Savant, 2016)
  • As co-leader

  • Red Stars (Red Records, 2004) [with Victor Lewis and Fabio Morgera]
  • As sideman

  • with Winard Harper Trap Dancer (1998)
  • with Fabio Morgera Slick (1998)
  • with Elisabeth Kontomanou Embrace (1998)
  • with Duane Eubanks Second Take (1998)
  • with Winard Harper Winard (1999)
  • with Cindy Blackman Works on Canvas (2000)
  • with Fabio Morgera Colors (2000)
  • with Cindy Blackman Someday (2001)
  • with Russell Gunn Blue on the D.L. (2002)
  • with Eric Revis Tales of a Stuttering Mime (2004)
  • with Orrin Evans The Band - Live at Widener University (2005)
  • with Lucien Ban The Tuba Project (2005)
  • with Orrin Evans Easy Now (2005)
  • with Cindy Blackman Music for the New Millennium (2006)
  • with Nigel Kennedy Blue Note Sessions (2006)
  • with Gerald Cleaver Detroit (2007)
  • with Jeremy Pelt November (2008)
  • with Jeremy Pelt Men of Honor (2010)
  • with Tarbaby The End of Fear (2010) [with Orrin Evans]
  • with Jeremy Pelt The Talented Mr. Pelt (2011)
  • with Ozan Musluoglu 40th Day (2011)
  • with Jeremy Pelt Soul (2012)
  • with Jaimeo Brown Transcendence (2013)

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    Hey - It's Me You're Talking ToRed Stars · 2008
    Pharoah's ChildrenPharaoh's Children · 2009
    Tell the Truth - Shame the DevilAmericana: Musings on Jazz and Blues · 2016


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