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Jackie Allen

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: February 19, 1959    

My Favorite Color (Avant Bass, 2014) Tenth Overall Recording and First Studio Album in 8 Years Set For Release May 13, 2014

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

Long known for the enticing smoky quality of her voice and the natural sincerity of her interpretations, jazz vocalist Jackie Allen releases her tenth CD MY FAVORITE COLOR, May 13, 2014. This marks the long anticipated follow- up studio album to her 2006 Blue Note highly-acclaimed recording Tangled.

My Favorite Color features two originals and eight standards, reaching from the thirties into the seventies. Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s “Sleepin’ Bee” swings on tiptoe, replete with its verse and a perfectly melodic Ben Lewis piano solo. An organ and horn infused romp propels Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” into a hip soul frenzy. Jackie’s arrangement of Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” is reimagined as a dramatic modal voyage, featuring an eloquent bowed bass solo by Hans Sturm and a stirring John Moulder electric guitar solo. In classic ballad style, Oscar Levant and Mark Heyman’s “Blame It On My Youth” opens with a goregous extended acoustic guitar introduction that folds gently into Jackie’s profoundly sincere and wistful reading. Hendrix’ “Manic Depression” conjures up Bitches Brew with a Miles-esque muted horn solo by Tito Carillo jousting with Ben Lewis’ organ jabs and Jackie’s Dante’s Inferno scatting. ...
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    Tangled

    Blue Note Records
    2007
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    Tangled

    Blue Note Records
    2006
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    The Men in My Life

    A440 Music
    2004
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    The Men In My Life

    A440 Music
    2003
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    Naxos Jazz
    1999
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Avant Bass (2014)

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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.....

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationLincoln, NE

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundTaught 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 InformationJackie 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.

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