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April 25

7:00 pm





Three-Time Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Comes to Asheville

   Karrin Allyson is one of the busiest jazz vocalists on the domestic and international scene these days. Starting her musical journey studying classical piano, Allyson discovered jazz and jazz singing in college and thus claimed her future.

    Over the years, Allyson has honed her singing, songwriting and piano skills and has recorded twelve CDs, all on the Concord Record label; the longtime association considered a major feat in the recording industry. This has led to three Grammy nominations in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category; the latest nomination coming in 2008 for her Imagina: Songs of Brasil CD.

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     In Jazztimes magazine’s review of 2008’s Grammy nominated Imagina: Songs of Brasil, noted reviewer Christopher Loudon was emphatic about her rare talent:   “To suggest that this is Karrin Allyson’s finest album to date would be a disservice to such solid accomplishments as her 2001 Coltrane tribute and 2006’s bold, brave Footprints; but ranking it among the best nods to Brazil ever crafted by an American singer seems fully justified”. 

     A long way from her native Kansas, Allyson tours extensively playing in traditional jazz venues all over the world as well as at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y in New York City where she now makes her home. She sings in French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, as well as in English and the songs she performs are drawn from a variety of genre including bossa nova, blues, bebop, standards and vocal performances of several instrumental jazz compositions.

photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas

     The singer has also been a popular and welcomed guest of Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion on several occasions, most recently from Tanglewood. In addition, Allyson and her band have performed with symphony orchestras around the country, including the new Carnegie Hall concert series at Zankel Hall.

     What has generated this much esteem and success? First of all there is the singer's uniquely distinctive voice. Notable jazz critic and historian Gary Giddins affirms, "Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain...incisive, original, and emotionally convincing." The Houston Press agrees wholeheartedly, "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."

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   Karrin Allyson’s performance is funded, in part, by Deal Motor Cars, to whom we are grateful for its support for jazz in our community.

     Karrin Allyson’s performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.






     At the Society’s pre-concert reception from 6:15-7:00 audience members are invited to enjoy a sampling of Frankie Bones Restaurant’s American-Italian cuisine as they offer complimentary tastes of signature items from their lunch and dinner menu as well as specialties from the Chef. While there is no charge for these items, donations of cash or food for MANNA FOOD BANK will be appreciated. 100% of proceeds will go to MANNA. Beverages will also be available at a cash bar operated by Frankie Bones.


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