Take Five With Jackie Allen
Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now (Nonesuch);
Astor Piazzolla, Zero Hour (I.R.S.);
Joao Gilberto, Amoroso/Brazil (Warner Archives);
Shirley Horn, You Won't Forget Me (Verve).
How would you describe the state of jazz today? The music and musicians are always inspiring, no matter the era, but the loss of jazz stations across the country, clubs and festivals going under because of the economy and lack of support (underwriters and fans alike) is making our unique American art form more of a rarity.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Support National Public Radio. Take someone to a jazz concert who's never been. Listening to live jazz will make a convert out of most.
What is in the near future? We just released Starry Night, my first live recording and first recording with orchestra. Touring this kind of program is quite new for me and the band since we are working with different orchestras and conductors around the country.
I chase my five year-old son.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: A chef or a gardener.