- JD Allen, tenor sax
- Dezron Douglas, bass
- Jonathan Barber, drums
- Grace (Savant Records, 2013). Featuring: Eldar Djangirov(p), JD Allen(ts), Dezron Douglas(b), Jonathan Barber(d)
- The Matador and The Bull (Savant Records, 2012). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Gregg August(b), Rudy Royston(d)
- Victory! (Sunnyside Records, 2011). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Gregg August(b), Rudy Royston(d)
- Shine! (Sunnyside, 2009)(Sunnyside Records, 2009). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Gregg August(b), Rudy Royston(d)
- I Am I Am(Sunnyside, 2008). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Gregg August(b), Rudy Royston(d)
- Pharoah's Children(Criss Cross Jazz, 2003). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Jeremy Pelt (tp), Orrin Evans (p), Gene Jackson (d).
- In Search Of J.D. Allen (Red Records, 1999). Featuring: JD Allen(ts), Fabio Morgera(tp, flgh), Shedrick Mitchell(p), Eric Revis(b), Rodney Green(d)
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 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, 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.
JD'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 was awarded Rising Star Tenor Saxophone in the 56th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll and appeared on NPR's Jazz Perspectives, WNYC's Soundcheck and WKCR's Musician's Show.
In 2009, Allen released his follow-up Sunnyside recording, Shine! which seems to have detonated the trail of musical gunpowder he had long been putting down. 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: Time Out New York selected his engagement as its top musical attraction for that week; he appeared on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show; his work was again discussed by Ben Ratliff on jazz journalist Josh Jackson’s radio show; and the New York Times reviewed his residency, commending Allen for his trio’s “fearless approach to a formidable tradition.”
The Victory! album, released in 2011, received a four star rating in Down Beat and was ranked as the third best jazz album of 2011 by NPR. JD Allen won downbeats 2011 rising star award for tenorsaxophone.