J D Allen Trio at Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar

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“Allen’s beautifully grainy tone sparkles as he deconstructs each theme — succinct, earthy, and graceful — with imperturbable support from his band, which propels, cushions, and prods his improvisations.”

The Chicago Reader

“Like Miles Davis and few others, Frisell’s signature is built from pure sound and inflection; an anti-technique that is instantly identifiable."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“The quiet tactician of the electric guitar.”


JD Allen Trio
& Bill Frisell


October 17, 2017 | 7 pm

October 17, 2017 | 9 pm

Durham Fruit & Produce Company

Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. $10 Duke student tickets and $20 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


The guitarist Bill Frisell has earned great acclaim, especially during the last decade, for highly conceptual projects, many of which he has presented at Duke Performances. Frisell has been grappling with the legacy and lessons of Thelonious Monk for his entire career, pursuing Monk’s unwavering mix of devotion to melody and his obsession with bending it. From Frisell’s stunning collaborations with Monk associates Paul Motian and Ron Carter (including 1989’s devotional Monk in Motian) to his playful take on “Blue Monk” with pianist Fred Hersch, he is one of music’s very best Monk interpreters.


For a decade now, tenor saxophonist JD Allen has anchored his eponymous trio, supported by drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Gregg August. Allen’s ragged, searching tone is redolent of jazz’s blues heritage, and his playing reflects his pedigree as a grandson of the Delta, a son of Detroit, and a leader of modern jazz. The New York Times praised Allen’s “fearless approach to a formidable tradition.” At Duke Performances, Allen, Royston, August, and their guests will test and stretch Monk’s music in two sets each night, fearlessly facing one of the most formidable catalogues in jazz.

Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

“The JD Allen Trio is an almost telepathic, three-headed machine, making some of the most exciting jazz around.”

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