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Akua Allrich at the Howard Theater

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Local star Akua Allrich continued her rapid rise this month performing music from her latest album Uniquely Standard (Self Produced, 2012) at the historic Howard Theater on Washington, DC's U Street.An accomplished vocalist whose vibrant performances and inviting stage presence have built a loyal following and propelled her to the forefront of Washington, DC's main jazz venues, Allrich's rise in many ways parallels the resurgence of Washington, DC as a major jazz city, making her debut at the recently reopened Howard Theater both a fitting and symbolically resonant accomplishment.Just five years ago, Allrich was only beginning ...

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Akua Allrich: Live! Uniquely Standard

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The jazz vocals standard repertoire has a quantum mechanics of its own. Artists seem attracted to certain dense loci within the repertoire and orbit there. Then there are some artists that do this while accumulating other pieces outside of this loci to make their own. This is what Washington, DC native Akua Allrich does and displays on Live!: Uniquely Standard. Allrich's set list, from two performances in DC between February and April 2012, reveals a special reverence for incomparable singers Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba, for whom Allrich has developed tribute programs. But this young and exciting artist takes things ...

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Akua Allrich: Washington Rising

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A native Washingtonian, vocalist Akua Allrich's music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ingenuous personality. Although she graduated from Howard University's music department roughly a decade ago, Allrich has only recently thrown herself into forging a musical career. She originally opted not to pursue a singing career and turned instead to the challenges of raising a family and teaching in a private school. In the past few years, however, Allrich has returned to the stage to sing jazz vocals, much to the pleasure of Washington, DC audiences. Possessed of a strong voice, ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Akua Allrich

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Meet Akua Allrich: Jazz vocalist Akua Allrich is a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. For the past two years she has been electrifying audiences in and around the nation's capital with sold-out performances. With the 2010 launch of her independently produced album, A Peace of Mine, the young artist's music and concerts are creating a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike, and the rest of the world will have an opportunity to hear her. Said Franz Matzner, of All About Jazz, “Akua Allrich's music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ...



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