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. ...
“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
Jackie Allen… possesses a voice that combines the expressiveness of Annie Lennox and the pitch of Rickie Lee Jones, while achieving it's own bright, dramatic sound…sassy… tender. Download this.-V.R. Peterson, People Magazine
A sparking performance… enhanced by her warm, pliable voice and expansive range, Allen's greatest strength was her sheer musicality and the way in which she both framed and interpreted her songs.... interpretations that found an amiable balance between storytelling and jazz spontaneity...Allen also revealed an admirable willingness to explore and add new material to the familiar jazz lexicon. -Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
You can't help absorbing Jackie's emotional pull. She gives her audience a personal reflection of her inner soul that everyone can enjoy. -Jim Santella, All About Jazz
This new amalgam of pop-jazz-folk-funk-gospel is pure Allen, just what she wants her gifted voice to be saying…words flow from her exquisite voice, time after time. Allen often sounds like she's sharing her inner most secrets and deepest fears... this feels like a very real 21st century American woman, struggling between her feminine resilience and the vulnerabilities of an ageless girl. -Kevin Lynch, The Capitol Times
… musically sophisticated and artistically daring... she knows how to utterly reinvent the most familiar tunes...Allen has a knack for unearthing long- forgotten tunes. -Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Expressive power, heart felt sparkle and stirring allure. Northwest Jazz Profile
Allen's got an entire rainbow of emotional colors and, of course, the great musicality in her singing. -Critic's choice, L.A. City Beat
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Taught at many schools and colleges including:
Roosevelt University (currently)
Old Town School of Folk Music
Bloom School of Jazz
Available by appointment
Jackie is available for a variety of clinics including:
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.