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Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

September 6, 2012The jazz singer runs through an infectious medley of "I Want to Be Happy" and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" during a visit to the KPLU studios in Seattle.

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

Every time her tour schedule brings her to Seattle, Allyson visits her friend, jazz host Dick Stein, in the KPLU performance studio. There, she gives us a sample of the music she's currently exploring — and there's no telling what that might be.

This time around, she was happy to kick back a little and dig out favorites from past recordings, including this medley of "I Want to Be Happy" and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do."

Personnel
  • Karrin Allyson: voice, piano
  • Todd Strait: drums
  • Jeff Johnson: bass

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