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. Originally from Detroit, his apprenticeship saw him work with legends like Lester Bowie, George Cables, Ron Carter, and more. Allen’s debut album, In Search Of..., won him the Best New Artist award in Italy, and reviewers praised him for his compositions and conceptual boldness. His 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 Down Beat’s 2011 Rising Star award for tenor saxophone.