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Akua Allrich

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Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances. With the launch of her independently produced album, A Peace of Mine, in 2010, the young artist’s music and concerts are creating a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike. Said Franz Matzner of All About Jazz, “Akua Allrich’s music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ingenuous personality.” Allrich’s style is fluid and ever evolving

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Article: Live Review

Akua Allrich at the Howard Theater

Read "Akua Allrich at the Howard Theater" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


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 ...

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Video

Sinnerman

Featuring the music of Akua Allrich
Duration: 3:27

Akua Allrich performs the classic folk tune "Sinnerman" with accompaniment of bassist Kris Funn.
Album

Live! Uniquely Standard

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: My Baby Just Cares for Me; Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood; I Wish You Love; Lush Life; Jol'Inkomo; Afro Blue; Wishful Thinking; Black Coffee;Sinnerman; (I'm Afraid) the Masquerade Is Over; (Outro) Fire/Seeline Woman.

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Article: Album Review

Akua Allrich: Live! Uniquely Standard

Read " Live! Uniquely Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


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 ...

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News: TV / Film

Jazz Film Uncovers Washington, D.C. Jazz Treasures

Jazz Film Uncovers Washington, D.C. Jazz Treasures

Stefan Immler has taken Washington’s love for jazz to new heights with his seminal documentary Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz. This full-length documentary, which took the German-born jazz lover more than three years to make, reveals many surprising new facts about jazz in the nation’s capital. Immler’s film will be the opener for the Third ...

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News: Festival

Jazz is Bustin' Out All Over the Nation's Capital

The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced its signature programs for 2012, which include: Jazz Meets the Classics at the Kennedy Center; Jazz in the 'Hoods presented by Events DC; Jazz ‘n' Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection; Jazz at the Hamilton presented by The Washington Post; and Jazz at the Howard. The Festival will ...

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Article: Live Review

DC Jazz Festival: June 1-13, 2011

Read "DC Jazz Festival: June 1-13, 2011" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


DC Jazz Festival 2011 Washington, DCJune 1-13, 2011 The DC Jazz Festival's seventh year was defined in equal measure by the event's now distinct combination of local acts and headline guests, spread throughout the city's stages, museums, and local clubs. Unlike many festivals, the DC Jazz Festival has maintained an exclusive ...

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Article: Interview

Akua Allrich: Washington Rising

Read "Akua Allrich: Washington Rising" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


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 ...


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