Happy August 15th; the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was born on this day in 1925.
Jazz Spotlight: Who is JD Allen?
Tenor saxophonist JD Allen who along with Sonny Rollins, was one of four performers nationwide this year to be nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year. Hailed by The New York Times as “elegant and hard-driving” in his style, JD Allen’s 2011 album “Victory!” (Sunnyside) landed in the top three list of NPR’s Best Jazz of 2011 selections and rave reviews in jazz national media. Climbing the ranks of New York City’s scene in recent years, Allen’s career has seen cultivating engagements in Manhattan’s haven clubs such as Village Vanguard, alongside performers like legendary vocalist Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Lester Bowie, Ron Carter, Jeremy Pelt and Jack DeJohnette.
One of the brightest and most unique voices on sax today, who Bloomberg writes “channels Coltrane”, Allen performs internationally with his sax-bass-drums trio and has a sixth album under his belt in 2012’s “The Matador and the Bull” (Savant). Known for his intense and uncluttered sound on the instrument, JD Allen was the winner of DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll for “Rising Star” in 2011 for tenor saxophone.
Possessing a thoughtful rigor towards the craft, and having established a recognizable sense of innovation in composition, JD Allen (a native of Detroit) joins with Midwestern friends for a 10pm show this Saturday, August 18th at The De’Lish Cafe, which is located in the heart of downtown Dayton’s Arts District next to the Schuster Center.
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Tonight Wednesday, August 15 – Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers is at Neal’s in Dayton. The James Elliott Project Featuring Roger Baccus plays at Zanzibar Brews in Columbus.
Thursday August 16 – big band night with Jack Garrett and the Syndicate Orchestra at Riverscape MetroPark, the Generations Big Band performs at Jazz Central in Dayton. Kenny Phelps Trio w/guest Wycliffe Gordon is at Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park in Cincinnati.
Friday August 17 – April Aloisio sings at Awakenings Coffee & Wine Bar in Hyde Park, OH Catch the Shawn Stanley Trio at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville.
Saturday August 18 – JD Allen and Friends will be at DeLish Café in Dayton, the Hot Club Of Detroit is at Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN and Ascension performs at The Greenwich in Cincy.
Sunday August 19 – the Blue Wisp offers the Brian Bachelor-Glader Organ Trio in Cincinnati, Phil DeGreg Trio plays Dee Felice in Covington, KY and Jazz Central’s Jazz Jam continues.
Monday August 20 -Tia Roseboro & Vernon Hairston is at the Old Bag Of Nails in Columbus, John Taylor Trio is at the Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and New West Guitar Group is at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights.
Tuesday August 21 – the Derek DiCenzo Trio is at Local Roots in Powell, OH and Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra is at Schwartz’s Point in Cincinnati.
Wednesday August 22 – Ricky Nye performs at Chez Nora in Covington, KY, Lizz & Rex Quartet is The Dayton Event Connection and there’s a Jam Session w/ Even Oberla at Ruby Tuesday in Columbus.
Thursday August 23 – Riverscape Metro Parks presents Bob Gray Orchestra and the Samba Jazz Syndicate is at Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park in Cincinnati.
Friday August 24 – Doc Broadnax and the Thompson House in Newport presents Phil DeGreg and Lisa Biales has a Cd Release party with Ricky Nye at the York St. Café in Newport, Ky.
Saturday August 25– Randy Villars performs a Solo Jazz Piano Concert at Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro, OH and the Reece Lincoln Band plays at Gilly’s in Dayton.
Sunday August 26 – Phil DeGreg Trio performing at Dee Felice in Covington, Ky. and Jazz Central offers its regular Jazz Jam in Dayton.
Monday August 27 – Sandy Suskind continues their long running jazz jam at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus.
Tuesday August 28 – The Buddy Rich Big Band will be at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights and the Park Street Tavern holds their Part St. Tavern Jazz Jam in Columbus.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com