An overlooked skill of bandleaders is, you guessed it, building bands. The feisty pianist has always had a knack for knowing who the compatible wild cards are and, with Ravi Coltrane and Jeff Watts by her side, things should tilt towards the red zone. Don't shy away if you're all about lyricism. Allen is one of the few improvisers who can bring a delicacy to the foreground even while throwing some punches.
June 18-21, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., 2009