February 18, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jazz vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson will perform in the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz series on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

Performing with Allyson will be Ed Howard, bass, and Rod Fleeman, guitar. The free concert is part of the ongoing Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, which is made possible by funding from the Weis family.

Allyson is a three-time Grammy Award-nominated artist, placed by jazz critic Neil Tesser "in the company of legends Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn."

She has recorded 11 CDs for Concord Records, with a breadth of repertoire ranging from standards by Gershwin and Porter to Brazilian bossa nova to samba and Thelonious Monk as well as French and Brazilian music (From Paris to Rio), John Coltrane (Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane) and the blues (In Blue).

Her most recent release, Imagina: Songs of Brasil, is a collection of 14 tracks with songs sung in Portuguese, as well as Brazilian songs with English translations by Susannah McCorkle, Chris Caswell, Gene Lees, Paul Williams and Jon Hendricks.

Allyson has performed at major jazz festivals and clubs of the U.S. and has made numerous tours overseas including Australia as well as Europe, South America and the Far East. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, at Lincoln Center, and at the 92nd St. Y.

She has been a guest of Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" on several occasions, and has performed with symphony orchestras around the country, including the new Carnegie Hall concert series at Zankel Hall.

Contact: Division of Communications

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