Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson to perform with BGSU Jazz Lab Band I

BOWLING GREEN, O.–Acclaimed jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will be guest soloist with Bowling Green State University’s Jazz Lab Band I in an 8 p.m. performance on Nov. 8 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

A multiple Grammy-nominated singer, Allyson has been described by Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times as a “musician’s musician.” She has recorded 13 albums, garnering praise for her ability to move with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Ellington, Monk, Davis and Gillespie and on to contemporary music from such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb.

Allyson has a degree in classical piano performance, with formative stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. She currently tours, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and overseas, to Brazil, Japan, Australia and Europe.

She will also coach BGSU’s vocal jazz ensembles during her visit, which is part of the Dorothy E. and DuWayne H. Hansen Musical Arts Series at the University. Allyson is one of two guest artists this year, along with conductor, composer, musician and radio personality William (Bill) McGlaughlin.

The Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring significant representatives of the musical arts to share their talents with BGSU students and members of the Bowling Green community. Past Hansen Series guests have included Marin Alsop, Branford Marsalis and Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, among others.

For more information, call 419-372-8171.

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