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Karrin Allyson at Side Door Lounge
Side Door Lounge
Omaha, NE
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Karrin Allyson at Side Door Lounge
Four-Time Grammy Award Nominee Karrin Allyson, recent winner of the 61st Annual DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Award, will appear April 11, 2014 at Side Door Lounge, Omaha NE for 2 sets, 7:00pm and 9:30pm. She will be joined by longtime side men, guitarist Rod Fleeman and bassist Gerald Spaits.

Los Angeles Jazz Scene, December 2013:
JAZZ AROUND TOWN      
Catalina Bar & Grill has played host to many major performers through the years, including Karrin Allyson on numerous occasions. Ms. Allyson made her welcome return to Los Angeles with a well-rounded show that ranged from bop and swinging jazz to some folk music and singer/songwriter material. Her group consisted of Chris Caswell on keyboards, bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Todd Strait and the singer herself who was often on piano. Caswell is the lyricist who wrote lyrics to many jazz instrumentals that Karrin Allyson has performed in recent years, including the opening "Never Say Yes." She got lowdown and bluesy on "I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues," sang in both Portuguese and English on "My Little Boat," and revived Mose Allison's "I Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing." Other highlights included "Soul Trane" (with Caswell's lyrics), "Double Rainbow," Oscar Brown Jr's "As Long As You're Living," and "O Pato" which always features her quacking. Karrin Allyson remains one of the finest singers in jazz today.


THE NEW YORK TIMES
Music Review Sweet Core, Steely Edge Karrin Allyson at Birdland
By STEPHEN HOLDEN Published: June 10, 2012

To follow Billy Joel's sober hymn, "And So It Goes" with the frantic chromatic babble of Clifford Brown and Jon Hendricks's "Joy Spring" is quite a leap for any singer. But Karrin Allyson made it look easy on Thursday evening at Birdland. Her show, whose selections change with every set, is a celebration of a 13-album career that is one of the most stable in jazz. She has an easy mastery of bebop, bossa nova, chanson and soft rock, to name four of the many styles in which she is comfortable.

A hallmark of Ms. Allyson's performances is her casual attitude toward phrasing and interpretation. In her unstudied approach she is a cheerful, gamin roustabout hanging out with the guys. Jazz singing is for fun, not for carving statements in stone, although she put some weight behind her duet with the bassist Ed Howard on "Round Midnight." Filling out her trio were Todd Strait on drums and Bruce Barth, a pianist with a heavy touch that served her well on "I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues" and less so on ballads like "I Cover the Waterfront."

With her narrowed eyes, doll face and Cheshire cat smile, Ms. Allyson is also sexy. But in her original blues song, "Sweet Home Cookin' Man," for which she commandeered the piano, the innuendo was minimal. Ms. Allyson knows when to improvise and when not to. "Joy Spring" elicited a scat solo that amplified the song's euphoria.

Underneath Ms. Allyson's sweetness is a core of toughness, which revealed itself in the Blossom Dearie hit "Bye-Bye Country Boy," about a traveling musician's dalliance on the road.

Behind it all is a musician whose concepts are rooted in the songs she sings. "It Might as Well Be Spring," which, when sung by a woman, is often treated as the fluttery romantic daydream of an ingénue, was accelerated and pumped up with drums to become an exhilarating expression of visceral excitement.

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Side Door Lounge is located at 3530 Leavenworth, Omaha NE 68105 (NE corner of Leavenworth and 35th Ave). Tickets are available online or at Side Door Lounge for $35 prior to April 11 or $40 at the door. With any further questions, please contact Side Door management at 402-504-3444 or jordan.elsberry@gmail.com.

Visit the Karrin Allyson Fan Page on Facebook or karrin.com for history, tour dates, the artist's road journal and music.

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Side Door Lounge (View)
3530 Leavenworth St
Omaha, NE 68105
United States


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Music > Jazz

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Ken P.
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 08, 2014 9:32 AM
Peggy H.
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 08, 2014 9:32 AM
Rose G.
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 08, 2014 9:07 AM
Debra H.
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 08, 2014 7:01 AM
David H.
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 08, 2014 7:01 AM
Name Withheld
Omaha, NE United States
Apr 07, 2014 8:16 PM

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