Tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen is on the cusp of becoming one of jazz music leading men as well as a unsung musician of great talent. Currently his latest Savant Records release “The Matador and the Bull” showcase is composition skill as well as talents as a leader with what as been hailed as one of the music scenes’ great jazz saxophone trios featuring drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Gregg August. Allen has stayed true to the music magic of this trio, what would be his fourth recording, that has strayed from the traditional quartet/quintet setting.
The Detroit, Michigan native hails from the historic Black Bottom district on the east side where during the early 1920’s through the late 1950’s African-Americans during the great migration would flock to the north in search of better jobs and a better life. It was J.D.’s grandfather that would instill positive rules to become an active and productive person as well as encouraged him to play and pursue music. He studied under some of Detroit’s great musical luminaries like Marcus Belgrave as well as his mentor and friend James Carter. One of his first professional gigs was backing the Grammy-Award winning Detroit gospel group The Winans while he was still in high school.
J.D. has brought his own style to the tenor in the spirit of legendary masters like Wayne Shorter, Pharaoh Sanders, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane.
In a musical career spanning some 20 years, J.D. played with and has been mentored by the likes of the late jazz vocalist Betty Carter, pianist George Cables, drummers Louis Hayes and Cindy Blackman, and trumpeter Wallace Roney. He currently plays with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and pianist Orrin Evans. When he’s not busy touring with the two, he’s on the road leading his trio which will be hitting a city and club near you. For more info on upcoming dates or to order J.D’s latest Savant Records release “The Matador and the Bull,” please visit him online at jdallenmusic.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/thejdallenfanpage.