Most jazz vocalists sing standards. Allegra Levy writes her own. From the plaintive title track of her boldly autobiographical debut album, LONELY CITY, to her critically acclaimed 2017 follow-up release, CITIES BETWEEN US, the 30-year-old jazz singer-songwriter has penned a lyrical collection of harmonically adventurous-yet-familiar originals steeped in the Great American Songbook. Levy, a native of Connecticut now based in New York, has been dubbed a double-barreled talent and “unquestionably one to watch” by JazzTimes magazine.
Her third album on the SteepleChase label, 2018’s LOOKING AT THE MOON, was named an Editor’s Pick in both Downbeat Magazine and JazzTimes. She recently released a fourth album on SteepleChase, LOSE MY NUMBER: ALLEGRA LEVY SINGS JOHN MCNEIL, featuring her own lyrics set to the tunes of renowned jazz trumpeter John McNeil. The New Yorker Magazine called it “a showcase for Levy’s… agile vocalizing and her gift for sculpting words, and for McNeil’s far too neglected abilities as a melodic architect.”
She recently won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition’s Stuck at Home Edition for her children’s song “Wash My Hands,” which encouraged all to stay safe during the pandemic.
This year she won first place in the Great American Song Contest’s Adult Contemporary Category for her female empowerment anthem “Waste My Time.”