Hailed by The New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. He has received awards from Downbeat and JazzTimes for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year, Composer of the Year, and Rising Star of the Year, as well as an award from NPR for Best Jazz of the Year. The Detroit native’s apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends including Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, the Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Dave Douglas. Since making a strong impression in the jazz scene during his early years in New York at venues like Smalls, The Village Gate, and Visiones, and serving an invaluable tenure with Betty Carter, Allen has come a long way, fully possessed of his own sound. Trio members Gregg August and Rudy Royston have recorded on Allen’s groundbreaking albums I Am I Am, Shine, Victory!, Graffiti, Matador & The Bull, and Radio Flyer. Allen’s latest recording, a long-awaited ballad, LOVE STONE, will be released in June 2018.
About the Series
The Buffalo News Summer Jazz Series concerts take place on the museum’s Delaware Stairs overlooking Hoyt Lake on five Sundays at 2 pm, from July 8 through August 5. Admission is free. In case of rain, performances will be held in the Albright-Knox’s Auditorium on a first-come, first-seated basis. Indoor concerts are free with museum admission (and free for Albright-Knox Members). View 2018 Series
Limited parking is available in the museum’s parking lot on Elmwood Avenue. Parking is $5 for visitors and $3 for Members. Please bring your parking ticket into the museum to have it validated at the Admissions Desk. There is also parking available on the roads surrounding the Albright-Knox. Please take care to adhere to all parking regulations. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. View Parking Map (PDF)