Vocalist Allyson to present concert

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The second concert in Topeka Jazz Workshop’s current season will be Sunday, featuring vocalist Karrin Allyson.

Allyson will display her vocal/piano talents once again to TJW members and their guests from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Ramada’s Regency Ballroom.  Admission is by season membership only, and season tickets will be available for sale at the door Sunday. 

A regular adult season ticket is $145 for Sunday’s concert and seven more through April 2014.  A complete schedule and price options can be found at www.topekajazz.com or by contacting Executive Director Marcene Grimes at mgrimes14@cox.net or 379-5169.

“Karrin is an old friend to many Topeka jazz enthusiasts,” Grimes said.  “She has appeared for us 10 times since the 1990s in various settings, the most recent being in September 2010 as part of our 2010-2011 series.”

Allyson was born in Great Bend, grew up in Omaha,  and has deep roots in Kansas City.  Currently, she calls New York City home.

She launched her professional career in 1992 with the release of her first CD, “I Didn’t Know About You,” and her 13th CD, “Round Midnight,” was released in 2011.  In 2013 she was named Rising Star female vocalist in the Down Beat Critics Poll. 

Allyson is considered one of the most versatile and exciting pianist/vocalists today.  She is especially noted for her personal style and the topnotch musicianship of her collaborating players. The ones she is bringing Sunday will be familiar faces to the TJW audience:  drummer Todd Strait (an early TJW scholarship winner now residing in Portland, Ore.),  and Kansas Citians Rod Fleeman on guitar and Gerald Spaits on bass.  She has also invited two other Kansas City friends to join the group Sunday:  Bob Bowman on bass and Paul Smith on piano.

This is TJW’s 45th season of live jazz concerts. Sponsors are WIBW Channels, D.M. Bruce Company, G-Trust Financial Services, Core First Bank & Trust, Ramada Hotel and Convention Center and Jeff Parker, Webmaster.

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