Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson moves with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonius and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb. Legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins said in The Village Voice: “Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain — incisive, original, and emotionally convincing.”
Born in the Midwest, Allyson studied music in the Bay Area, receiving a degree in classical piano performance. She began her recording career with Concord Jazz during early stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City. In 2011, Allyson released Round Midnight, her thirteenth album with Concord Jazz on a series dating back to her 1992 debut album I Didn’t Know About You. Round Midnight earned her fourth GRAMMY nomination, for best jazz vocal album.
Allyson lives in New York City, but spends two days out of three on tour, performing at major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs in the U.S. as well as repeated tours overseas — to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe. She is also known as a bandleader, working for more than a decade with an ensemble of committed jazz virtuosi.