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Jackie Allen

Live at the Rococo (Avant Bass)
Twelfth Overall Recording
2019

“Her gift is utterly distinctive and even innovative…a masterpiece. It’s revelatory and sounds effortless.” Billboard

From Nick Mondello, All About Jazz:
"In New York City, there's Radio City, the Blue Note, Birdland, and many other fine venues. Each has its own vibe and Big Apple flavor. In Lincoln, Nebraska there's the Rococo Theater—a gorgeously restored 1920s theater with a slick, small club ambience where vocalist Jackie Allen and her mates chose to record an evening's performance. The result? A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen—Live at the Rococo an album that has all the intimacy, groove, and taste that not only lives up to its billing, but also generates that undefinable "You Are There" (or should have been) appeal.

Allen and crew brilliantly perform 10 selections, almost all of which are associated with other well-known vocal artists. And, whether it is her take on material from Billie Holiday, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach/Herb Alpert, or Carly Simon, et al, Allen uniquely reworks their music and puts a hip sheen on old shoes. She accomplishes that here both with her superb vocal instrument and her neat arranging and reharm chops. She's is a confident singer, a risk-taking lyric interpreter who shades and caresses lines—ones which we have heard innumerable times— with intricacy, sincerity and "sleight of heart." Allen launches the show by swinging her way through Holiday's "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and dives into other waters with a sultry, exotic take on "Lazy Afternoon." A funky-hip arrangement of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" is a highlight. Allen's word work is at its best as she does it sassy on Smokey Robinson's hit, "The Way You Do the Things You Do." Her dynamic flexibility and range of emotional colors are superb on a beautifully-rendered (and rarely recorded) "Day Dream," "This Guy's in Love with You," and a samba take on "My Funny Valentine." Allen's tasty closer, Carly Simon's Bond movie theme, is a bossa-flavored accolade on which Allen has you believing.

Saxophonist Bob Sheppard, brought in from his busy duties in L.A., adds more than just accompaniment. The guy has a knack for working superbly —and tastefully -with vocalists and does so again here on all his axes. Pianist Ben Lewis and John Moulder's guitar offer superb support from start to finish and Allen's husband and longtime playing partner, bassist Hans Sturm, along with drummer Dane Richeson are restrained perfection throughout the evening. This is a superb, highly- engaged team of Kings framing an Ace.

A Romantic Evening with Jackie Allen -Live at the Rococo is a marvelous way to spend one, regardless of where you are musically or geographically. Set that GPS for "Rococo Theater Lincoln, NE," sit back and enjoy."

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“Jackie does more than sing the words… Allen crawls inside a lyric and gets comfortable. My Favorite Color is stunning! 5 stars.” Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“This is a good-to-be-alive set that shimmers, bubbles, and spreads the good vibes from a bottomless well.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"…There's only one way to describe it: Wow!" -Christopher Louden, Jazz Times

"A model of lustrous tone and clear headed energy, then waxes blue...exercising the fine art of understatement." -Josef Woodward, Down Beat

"Her gift is utterly distinctive and even innovative, since there isn't another singer out there who phrases like her... a pop masterpiece...It's revelatory and sounds effortless. " -Thomas Jurek, Billboard, All Music Guide

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Taught at many schools and colleges including:

Roosevelt University (currently)

Elmhurst College

Wisconsin Conservatory

Old Town School of Folk Music

Bloom School of Jazz

Available by appointment

Rates vary

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jackie is available for a variety of clinics including:

Choosing Repertoire

Learning Jazz Standards

Arranging Your Tunes with a Band

Jazz Vocal Masterclasses

Jackie has given masterclasses at universities, festivals, and conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Joni Mitchell
voice / vocals
Nancy Wilson
voice / vocals

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

My Favorite Color

Avant Bass
2014

buy

Tangled

Blue Note Records
2007

buy

Tangled

Blue Note Records
2006

buy

The Men in My Life

A440 Music
2004

buy

The Men In My Life

A440 Music
2003

buy

Call Me Winter

From: My Favorite Color
By Jackie Allen

Diana

From: My Favorite Color
By Jackie Allen

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