Karrin Allyson, vocalist who knows no boundaries, sings at VJC

Thursday March 14, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- In his "No Boundaries Radio" show Tuesday night on WVEW 107.7 FM LP, Vermont Jazz Center Director Eugene Uman introduced a song by Karrin Allyson as "proof that she is a crazy be-bopper as well as a beautiful ballad intrepreter."

Allyson is, indeed, a multi-faceted and brilliant light on the jazz scene, comfortable singing in many languages and all kinds of repertoire as she criss-crosses the globe performing at top stages and festivals.

On Saturday, Allyson and her band perform at the Vermont Jazz Center at 8 p.m.

Allyson has climbed to the pinnacle of the jazz genre since recording her debut album, "I Didn’t Know About You" in 1992. She is now regarded among the top vocalists in jazz. Releasing her 13th album last year, Allyson has put together a career that has brought her to top stages around the world, performing at major jazz festivals in Brazil, Japan, Australia and Europe, as well as the most legendary venues in the United States, including regular appearances at New York’s Blue Note and Birdland.

Along the way, Allyson has garnered four Grammy Award nominations, most recently for her 2012 album "Round Midnight."

Now a resident of New York City, Allyson makes frequent stops in New England, and is likely a familiar vocalist for listeners to regional radio jazz shows. Having grown up in Kansas, with a stint as a teenager in San Francisco, Allyson honed her chops on the Great American Songbook and relaxes into her comfort zone on the songs of Gershwin and Porter. But she slips just as deftly into the jazz sounds of Duke, Monk and Miles. And she might be in a blues mood, or she may slide into bossa nova or samba or perhaps soft or folk rock.

Whether she’s singing in English, French, Portuguese, Italian or Spanish, it becomes an intimate experience for those in her audience.

As Gary Giddins of The Village Voice puts it: "Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain -- incisive, original and emotionally convincing."

Allyson, who sings and plays piano, will perform with Steve Cardenas on guitar, George Kaye on acoustic bass and Todd Strait on drums.

Allyson’s appearance at the Vermont Jazz Center is sponsored by Diana Bingham with additional support from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hampton Inn of Brattleboro and underwritten by VPR and WFCR.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Tickets are available at In the Moment in Brattleboro, or at www.vtjazz.org. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 802-254-9088, ext. 1.


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