Born: February 19, 1959 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Starry Night (Avant Bass, 2009) With Starry Night, Jackie Allen celebrates her ninth release; a live recording with orchestra featuring star-themed songs arranged expressly for her by seven gifted professionals who have written for such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin and Diana Krall.
Deftly accompanied by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and her combo, Jackie's performances are, in the words of jazz icon Fred Sturm, artistic, elegant, passionate, and thoroughly engaging. Hoagy Carmichael's Star Dust is completely re-imagined by former Cincinnati Symphony composer-in- residence Frank Proto...
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
Tracks: So Many Stars; In Rome; Star Eyes; I've Never Been In Love Before; You Must Believe In Spring; Moon of Deception; Lost In the Stars; If You Never Come to Me; Star Medley; Vincent; Star Dust.
Personnel: Muncie Symphony Orchestra: Jackie's Rhythm Section.
Tracks: When Will I Ever Learn; Coal Grey Eyes; You're Nearer; If I Had; Tangled; Slip ; You'll Never Learn; Everything I Got Belongs to You; Hot Stone Soup; Do Wrong Shoes; Solitary Moon; Living Without You.
Personnel: John Moulder: Guitar: Ben Lewis: Keyboards: Hans Sturm: Double Bass: Dane Richeson: Drums and Percussion: Steve Eisen: Tenor Sax: Orbert Davis: Trumpet.
Love Is Blue
Tracks: Lazy Afternoon; Go; The Performer; Love Is Blue; Moon of Deception; Pavement Cracks; Here Today; Turnin' Round; Taste of Honey; You Become My Song; I'll Be Around.
Personnel: John Moulder: Guitars: Laurence Hobgood: Keyboards: Hans Sturm: Double Bass: Dane Richeson: Drums and Percussion: Frank Glover: Clarinet.
Men In My Life
Tracks: Still Crazy; Come Fly With Me; Dindi; Spain; You Could Be Fred; This Guy's In Love With You; The Bad and the Beautiful; Mexico; Tea In the Sahara; One Mint Julep; Fools Rush In.
Personnel: John Moulder: Guitars: Ben Lewis: Keyboards: Hans Sturm: Double Bass: Dane Richeson: Percussion: Orbert Davis: Trumpet: Kurt Elling: Vocals.
Tracks: Holiday tunes.
Personnel: Judy Roberts: piano.
Tracks: Cottontail; Charade; An Occasional Man; Love Comes and Goes; Our Love Is Here to Stay; Autumn Leaves; A Night In Tunsia; If You Could See Me Now; Centerpiece; Mysterioso/Round Midnight; Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me; Love That Time For Me; You Don't Know.
Personnel: Judy Roberts: piano.
Landscapes – Bass Meets Voice
Tracks: I Want to Be Happy; Green Dolphin Street; Blackwater; Only Trust Your Heart ; Landscapes; Dindi; Dream Milonga; You Stepped Out of A Dream; Love Comes and Goes; Admit It; 'Round Midnight.
Personnel: Hans Sturm: Double Bass.
Tracks: Too Hot for Words; Day Dream; Doodlin'; Lost In the Stars; Dearly Beloved; My Romance; In You Go; Left Alone; I Was A Little Too Lonely; Which?; Admit It; I'm Just A Woman; It's Bad for Me; The Meaning of the Blues; The Last Dance.
Personnel: Bill Cunliffe: Piano: Red Holloway: Tenor Sax: Gary Foster: Alto Sax: Bruce Paulson: Trombone: Jim Hughart: Bass: Roy McCurdy: Drums.
Never Let Me Go
Lake Shore Jazz
Tracks: Teach Me A Song; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Lucky To Be Me; Moon and Sand; Never Let Me Go; I'm All Smiles; I Chase the Sun; What We Thought Was Real; So Wrong; It's All Right With Me; Detour Ahead.
Personnel: Willie Pickens: Piano: Larry Gray: Bass: Robert Shy: Drums: Brad Williams: Piano: Alejo Poveda: Percussion: Edward Petersen: Tenor Sax: Art Davis: Trumpet.
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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.