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 News Jazz 23/04/2018

Five-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Sets New Album Of Original Music, 'Some Of That Sunshine'; Jazziz Exclusive Song Premiere Runs; U.S. Tour Continues

Five-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Sets New Album Of Original Music, 'Some Of That Sunshine'; Jazziz Exclusive Song Premiere Runs; U.S. Tour Continues

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Five-time Grammy nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson has confirmed the August 3rd release of her all-original recording, "Some Of That Sunshine". The diverse, groovy and reflective collection of her own songs range from the first single "Shake it Up" - and its fun, un-expected hipster vibe that will have listeners boppin' along -- to the compelling title track ("Some of That Sunshine", co-written by Chris Caswell,) which has the feel of a Hollywood classic. More album details are below.

JAZZIZ Exclusively Premiered 'Shake It Up'. Listen to it here:

Allyson will tour throughout 2018 in support of the release, and preliminary dates are here:

Upcoming 2018 tour dates:
April 24-28 Birdland New York NY
May 11, 12 Green Mill Chicago IL
August 8 The Racine Zoo Racine WI
October 24 Dakota Minneapolis MN
October 28 Half Moon Bay San Francisco CA
October 29 Kuumbwa Santa Cruz CA
October 30 MIM Phoenix AZ
November 6, 7, 8 Jazz Alley Seattle WA
Updated tour info here:
As Karrin Allyson steps out on her own, album notes provide further details - Some of That Sunshine, Original Songs from Karrin Allyson:

Throughout her fifteen albums, Karrin Allyson, five-time Grammy nominee in the Best Jazz Vocalist category, has demonstrated an uncanny ability to 'get inside' a lyric — to take over a song and reshape it into something magical.

Stephen Holden, in a NY TIMES concert review, praised Allyson as "one of the most grounded singers working today," with an "exceptionally keen eye for the smart, semi-obscure pop or jazz number that speaks directly to the moment." In his WALL STREET JOURNAL preview, writer Will Friedwald buzzed, "she sings with amazing subtlety." And in his lead JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE CD review, VOX critic Christopher Loudon said Allyson's songs "shimmer with tender vibrancy."

Now, in a brand-new album to be released in 2018, Karrin steps forward commandingly in a new role — as songwriter, revealing thirteen new songs in an astonishing range of styles and moods.

Teaming up with the remarkable L.A. producer and recording artist Chris Caswell and her very talented current working band — Miro Sprague on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, Rod Fleeman on guitar and Jerome Jennings on drums and featuring guest artists Regina Carter on violin and the magisterial Houston Person on tenor saxophone, she has produced an album full of unexpected delights, including a guest appearance from mega-bassist Lee Sklar.

"It feels like coming home in a way," says Allyson "As a young musician I was writing songs in a variety of styles, even before I discovered jazz. I loved the singer-songwriters of my youth and I followed their influence. Now, after years of performing all sorts of jazz and Brazilian and French music, I'm coming back to where I started."

"These songs are quite varied in style — very 'Allyson-like', I suppose you could say. I've always loved to mix things up

Take the title track "Some of that Sunshine" featuring violinist and MacArthur fellow Regina Carter — that's more of a traditional swing- standard. And then there are a few unabashedly romantic ballads like "Just As Well" featuring Houston, "You Don't Care", (lyrics by Allyson's Dad) and "Time is a Funny Thing".

Allyson drops back more into her pop roots with songs such as "As Long as I Know You Love Me", "One of these Days", "Happy Now", and "Home"…and dig into the blues with "Right Here Right Now", "Wish You Were Mine" and "Nobody Said Love was Easy".

She adds, "I am acutely aware of the political scene and its challenges and so I penned a couple songs begging for change; "Big Discount" and "Shake it Up"."

"Though I take every song I sing very personally, of course, there's something extremely personal --and scary too, about singing your own stuff... the audience gets to know you even better — And I'm ready for that."

So, if you like soulful, sly, heartfelt, groovy songs with meaningful (and fun) lyrics — here they are — brand new, welcome and somehow beautifully familiar.

Karrin Allyson, voice and piano, Rhodes
Chris Caswell, Hammond B-3, accordion
Miro Sprague, acoustic piano and Rhodes
Jeff Johnson, bass
Jerome Jennings, drums
Special Guests:
Lee Sklar featured on "One of These Days"
Regina Carter (Some of That Sunshine, Time is a Funny Thing, Big Discount)
Houston Person (Right Here, Right Now, Just as Well, Nobody Said Love Was Easy)

More about Singer/Pianist Karrin Allyson:
Allyson's most recent release was Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein - praised as "masterful" by The Associated Press, and "beautifully nuanced" by USA Today - her 14-song CD deftly created a bridge between the worlds of jazz and musical theater, and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Prior to her current nomination, Four consecutive Allyson albums — Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (2001), Footprints (2006), Imagina: Songs of Brasil (2008), and 'Round Midnight (2011) — received GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. 'Round Midnight, her 2011 breakout album, received 5 Stars in Downbeat and earned raves in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NPR, Associated Press, JazzTimes, Jazziz and scores of other publications. In 2013, Allyson was voted the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist in the DownBeat 61st Annual Critics Poll. In 2014, her independent release Yuletide Hideaway garnered coverage from top magazines and newspapers in America.

Karrin Allyson Updated Tour Dates:

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