ALLISON ADAMS TUCKER in “WOMEN IN JAZZ”
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8pm
International recording artist and multi-lingual vocalist Allison Adams Tucker’s WOMEN IN JAZZ show celebrates INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY on the feminine side. Inspired by SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now) and Jazz Appreciation Month, Allison brings together a swinging band of talented jazz women featuring Lori Bell flute, Melonie Grinnell piano, Evona Wascinski bass, Laurel Grinnell drums, and Monette Marino percussion.
Starting in 2012, UNESCO with legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe, promoting peace, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. The first UNESCO event was held in Paris on the same day that Allison (together with bassist Evona) recorded her second album “April in Paris”. Allison & Women in Jazz are excited to host the International Jazz Day festivities in San Diego for this one night only show celebrating artistic freedom and the universal connection of music.
GET TO KNOW THE ARTIST
4 stars, DownBeat Magazine — “A powerful singer”
JazzTimes — “Light and buoyant, her voice is remarkably fresh, its purity underscored by considerable depth and sagely shaded hues, suggesting Tierney Sutton by way of Karen Carpenter.”
LondonJazzNews — “Marvellous articulation, great tonal accuracy, and dynamic drive”
The Examiner — “Lustrous in any language. A vocalist who clarifies every note within a hair’s breath.”
Allison Adams Tucker began singing before she could speak. Raised by classically trained musical parents, she began performing in front of audiences at age 5. Allison studied piano, flute, violin, dance and voice from elementary school and holds degrees in Linguistics, Music Vocal Performance, and Italian. Composer, producer, entertainer, and educator with a heart for paying it forward, Allison has sung professionally in a variety of musical genres throughout her life, from a cappella Elizabethan madrigals to punk rock, country and pop to commercial jingles. In 2005 Allison found her new vocal home in jazz, and has gone on to record critically acclaimed albums, receive nominations for Best Jazz by San Diego Music Awards, and tour from coast to coast and abroad.
Growing up in San Diego on the border with Mexico, Allison was exposed to intermingling cultures, and her love for languages and world cultures also began at an early age. She has studied and sings in 6 languages besides her own, lived in Japan and Spain, and has traveled to over 15 countries. This “wanderlust” is present in the music she sings today— with rhythms, melodies, and lyrics of Brazil, Italy, France, Latin America, Japan, and the US. It’s all about the human connection, and music is the universal language.
Allison’s debut album “Come With Me” (Allegato Music 2008) received international acclaim and was nominated for Best Jazz Album 2009 by the San Diego Music Awards. Allison’s sophomore album “April in Paris” (Allegato Music 2014) celebrating songs of springtime from around the world, was recorded in Paris on UNESCO’s 1st Annual International Jazz Day at the end of a 9-concert tour through Italy & France. Allison’s third album “WANDERlust” (Origin Records 2016) was recorded in New York City under the direction of award-winning producer Matt Pierson (Warner Brothers, Sony Music) and features a stunning all-star ensemble that not only bridges west and east coasts but adds flavors from around the world. Allison returned to NYC in January 2019 to record her fourth album RETRO Trilogy, modern re-imaginings of songs from the 1970s, 80s & 90s due for release in late 2019.
As a session artist, Allison’s voice can be heard on national commercials and jingles, and on the video game “The Saboteur” soundtrack singing French jazz in the company of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux, & others. This has resulted in a cult following by the typically “non-jazz listening” gamer audience, causing her interpretation of “La Vie En Rose” to become one of the top downloads on iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify worldwide.
As an international artist, Allison entertains audiences in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and the US, including performances in the Blue Note New York, Ronnie Scott’s London, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Los Angeles, San Jose Jazz Fest, Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival, The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival, Takatsuki Jazz Street Festival Osaka, Body & Soul Tokyo, Le Baiser Sale’ Paris, Music Inn Rome, Lucca Jazz Donna Festival Tuscany, among others.