An expressive jazz vocalist, Karrin Allyson has earned FIVE grammy nominations for her lyrical balladry and adept skill at interpreting instrumental jazz songs with her lithe vocalese technique. Emerging in Kansas City in the ’90s, Allyson rose to prominence singing standards and bossa nova songs, as well as more contemporary pop covers by artists like Randy Newman, Janis Ian, and James Taylor. Widely recognized as one of the most gifted jazz singers of her generation, she has picked up numerous accolades, including earning Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album nods for 2001’s Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane and 2011’s ‘Round Midnight. Karrin lives in New York City, following a childhood in the midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz.
Karrin’s current show includes selections from her new all-original album, “Some of that Sunshine,” as well as selections from Mose Allison, Bonnie Raitt, Abbey Lincoln, Oscar Brown Jr, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, songs from Brazil, France, Karrin Allyson original songs, Chris Caswell songs, Paul Simon, Hank Mobley, Joni Mitchell… and (now) even more songs that speak to our challenging times…
The classically trained Karrin Allyson is also a great bandleader – she is a musician’s musician. If you listen carefully, you will hear highly developed musical interplay with her band that sounds so effortless and natural that it conceals the deep level of musical sophistication. This is one of Allyson’s great achievements, and it is the result of working for more than a decade with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi. Together, they have developed a powerful and flexible language and style unique among current groups.