J. D. Allen III

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JD Allen
Born (1972-12-11)December 11, 1972
Detroit, Michigan
Genres Jazz, hard bop
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active 1996-present
Labels Savant Records, Sunnyside Records, Criss Cross Jazz, Red Records
Website www.jdallenmusic.org [1],

J.D. Allen III (born December 11, 1972, Detroit, Michigan)[1] is a jazz tenor saxophonist and composer.


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 Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Gerald Cleaver, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dave Douglas and Nigel Kennedy, among others.[2]

Allen's debut album, In Search Of J.D. Allen, was awarded the Best New Artist award in Italy in 1999. His next release, Pharoah'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[3] and was ranked as the third best jazz album of 2011 by NPR.[4] Won DownBeat's 2011 Rising Star Award.


As a leader[edit]

BLOOM (2014) (Savant Records)

As a co-leader[edit]

  • Red Stars (2004) Red Records - with Victor Lewis and Fabio Morgera

As a sideman[edit]

  • with Jaimeo Brown Transcendence (2013)
  • with Ozan Musluoglu 40th Day (2011)
  • with Jeremy Pelt Men of Honor (2010)
  • with Jeremy Pelt November (2008)
  • with Gerald Cleaver Detroit (2007)
  • with Nigel Kennedy Blue Note Sessions (2006)
  • with Orrin Evans Easy Now (2005)
  • with Lucien Ban The Tuba Project (2005)
  • with Cindy Blackman Music For The New Millennium (2005)
  • with Orrin Evans The Band Live at Widener University (2004)
  • with Eric Revis Tales of a Stuttering Mime (2004)
  • with Russell Gunn Blue On The D.L. (2002)
  • with Cindy Blackman Someday (2001)
  • with Fabio Morgera Colors (2000)
  • with Cindy Blackman Works on Canvas (1999)
  • with Duane Eubanks Second Take (1998)
  • with Elisabeth Kontomanou Embrace (1998)
  • with Fabio Morgera Slick (1998)
  • with Winard Harper Trap Dancer (1998)
  • with Winard Harper Winard (1996)


  1. ^ "Allen, J.D.". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 5–8. ISBN 9780824211134. 
  2. ^ All About Jazz: J.D. Allen
  3. ^ Down Beat Magazine review of "Victory!", June, 2011
  4. ^ NPR: The Best Jazz of 2011 December 9, 2011

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