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DC Jazz Festival: June 1-13, 2011

Read "DC Jazz Festival: June 1-13, 2011" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

DC Jazz Festival 2011
Washington, DC

June 1-13, 2011

The DC Jazz Festival's seventh year was defined in equal measure by the event's now distinct combination of local acts and headline guests, spread throughout the city's stages, museums, and local clubs. Unlike many festivals, the DC Jazz Festival has maintained an exclusive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

JD Allen Trio: Victory!

Read "Victory!" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Every new musical expedition undertaken by tenor saxophonist JD Allen serves to solidify his reputation as one of the finest, most adventurous young musicians playing today. Victory!--a superb collection of short works--is no exception. With a gently swinging, ponderous vibrato he weaves his way into territory that he has charted for himself. The rebellious yell of ...

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JD Allen Trio: I AM I AM

Read "I AM I AM" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Playing from the heart, creating and improvising from within, jazz music's mantra continues to espouse that “honesty is the best policy." This is heard and felt when listening to saxophonist J.D. Allen's I Am I Am. In an insightful and inspirational interview, the artist gives light to what makes his music forthcoming and real.

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JD Allen Trio: I AM I AM

Read "I AM  I AM" reviewed by Laurel Gross

JD Allen can be a powerhouse, hard-driving tenor, but he is also capable of great subtlety and versatility. All three qualities are amply in evidence on I AM I AM, and were also front and center in a performance of his piano-less trio in March, 2008 at New York's Jazz Standard to mark the release of ...

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JD Allen Trio: I AM I AM

Read "I AM I AM" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Face it, if you play the tenor saxophone you're going to have to deal with the legacy of John Coltrane's sound. You can hear it in the playing of Branford Marsalis, Pharoah Sanders, and even Sonny Rollins. It is believed that Rollins was so influenced by Trane, that his style was forever changed in the 1960s. ...