Grammy Nominated Karrin Allyson to Perform with UNCW Big Band

Celebrated jazz singer Karrin Allyson

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Celebrated jazz singer Karrin Allyson is one of the most versatile and exciting performers on the scene today. Her body of work ranges from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to jazz legends Duke, Thelonious, Miles and Dizzy to Brazilian songs and French chansons. With three Grammy nominations, it is no wonder the Los Angeles Times calls Karrin Allyson "one of the jazz world's finest."

The UNCW Arts in Action Performance Series proudly welcomes the Karrin Allyson Trio in concert with the UNCW Big Band at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in Kenan Auditorium.  

Legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins of The Village Voice says of the singer: "Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings a timbre that is part ice and part grain - incisive, original, and emotionally convincing."

The Houston Press agrees: "If there's a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She's such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation."

Allyson lives in New York City, and currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas - to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe. Among musicians, Allyson is known as a great bandleader. One of the great pleasures of the current scene is listening to her highly developed interplay with her band mates. That musical sophistication is the result of working with an ensemble of fearless and powerfully committed jazz virtuosi for more than a decade.  

In May 2011, the multiple Grammy nominated singer and pianist released "Round Midnight," the thirteenth album since her 1992 debut album "I Didn't Know About You."

This program is co-sponsored by the Cape Fear Jazz Society and Landfall Foundation in support of student scholarships in the UNCW Department of Music. Information on the 2011/2012 Arts in Action and Leadership Lecture Series can be found at

Tickets are $24 for the general public, $20 for faculty and staff and $6 for students. Call the Kenan Box Office at 910.962.3500 or buy tickets at

This event is one of more than 40 that are planned throughout the month of April in honor of the installation of UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary L. Miller. Installation events showcase the diverse extent of teaching, research and service underway at UNCW, with involvement by numerous students, faculty and staff members. Miller will be officially installed as the fourth chancellor of UNCW on April 20.

The Arts in Action Performance Series seeks to culturally enrich, educate and entertain both students and the Wilmington community through the presentation of diverse programs featuring professional, high-quality performing artists. The series is supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, and National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Media Contact: Shane Fernando, 910.962.7972