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Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright light on today’s international jazz scene, with 14 albums as a leader to his credit. His unique and compelling voice on the instrument – the result of a patient and painstaking confrontation with the fundamentals of the art – has earned Allen years 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, Dave Douglas, Cindy Blackman, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, Rufus Reid and Geri Allen. Allen’s most recent album, “Toys / Die Dreaming” (Savant), extends his singular and well-honed approach to the trio. His solo saxophone release, “Queen City,” will be released in 2021. Off the bandstand, Allen is a compelling educator and activist. He is a founder of We Insist!, a nonprofit jazz and Black arts action community and their sister organization, We up - Re up, a collective of jazz musicians whose primary goal is to foster jazz performance curating opportunities within non-traditional inner city and rural performance settings.
Nasheet Waits, musician/ educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. Throughout the 30 year span of his career Waits has boasted stints with some of the most notable musicians in the world. Long standing relationships with Andrew Hill, Jason Moran And The Bandwagon, Christian McBride and David Murray. He also leads his group, Equality and co-leads Tarbaby, with Eric Revis and Orrin Evans. Amidst his performing, recording and touring activity, Nasheet is also a professor at NEC. Waits stresses a personal approach to the drums and music. He stresses the necessity to balance Tradition and Modernism and is dedicated to exploring the creative path in music.
" A fearless master of exprerimentation,
a force of nature" -DownBeat
GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis courts a stubborn infatuation with exploration. A fixture on vibrant, evolving music scenes, he has sought commitment to honest expression throughout his career. Following an apprenticeship with Betty Carter, Eric would enter an ongoing association with Branford Marsalis, and collaborate with such distinctive voices as Peter Brotzmann, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Kris Davis, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner and Andrew Cyrille. He co-founded Tarbaby, alongside Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits, as well as as Options, featuring Waits and Bennie Maupin and Lancaster, featuring Jeff Parker, Guillermo Brown and Joshua White.
In 2020 the prolific composer issued Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, his first first release on Pyroclastic Records. Earning 4 1/2 stars from DownBeat and the number-three spot on NPR Music's 2020 Jazz Critics Poll, the quintet recording received praise from The New York Times , JazzTimes and Rolling Stone and features Davis, Bill McHenry, Darius Jones and Chad Taylor.
The 2017 DownBeat CriticsPoll Rising Star Bassist has received recent grants from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Jazz Gallery Fellowship and Jazz Coalition.
A jazz trombonist, composer and entrepreneur. Through his young career as a freelancer, he has played and recorded alongside artists like Talib Kweli, Narcy, Lido Pimienta and Vox Sambou. As the founder and artistic director of the concert series The Shed Montréal, he has collaborated with musicians like Melanie Charles, J.Hoard and Rich Brown.
We Up Re Up is committed to popularize education through mentorship. Through its extensive network, the collective is able to offer masterclasses, residencies, guest speaking and performances.
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