Karrin Allyson

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Musical Instrument Museum - MIM says
GRAMMY-nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson is one of jazz’s finest talents. Her unmistakable sound is characterized by her warmth, depth, and ability to move with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great Jazz Songbook of Duke, Thelonious, Miles, and Dizzy.

Allyson 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. She currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs in the United States and making repeated tours overseas—to Brazil, Japan, Australia, and major cities in Europe.

Among musicians, Allyson is known as a great bandleader, and one of the deep pleasures of the current scene is listening to her highly developed interplay with her bandmates; it sounds so effortless, but it conceals a deep musical sophistication. It’s one of her great achievements—the result of working over the years with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi. Allyson has also developed a unique relationship with the multitalented L.A. composer Chris Caswell, and the two have collaborated for nearly ten years as composers and performers in a very spirited ensemble featuring Caswell on Hammond B-3 organ.

Allyson has been doing a lot of writing of late and promises an album of original songs in the near future. It’s no surprise that music lovers and critics around the world have been singing her name from the rooftops, marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician.

“She’s been described as a ‘musician’s musician,’ and for once the overused term actually makes sense—a complete performance by a complete artist—one of the jazz world’s finest.”—Los Angeles Times

“If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation.”—Houston Press
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