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Aimée Allen

January 10 | Set Times: 9:30 PM

Cover: $15.00 | Doors: 9:00 PM
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Aimée Allen
Aimée Allen’s latest release, Wings Uncaged, is a musical statement of transcendence in all its facets. With a set of striking originals featuring winged creatures, negotiating the challenges and limitations of the natural world, through migration, mating, being predator, or being prey, the project provides metaphors for surviving perilous conditions in creative ways. It is no accident that a profound meditation on the current state of democracy, entitled Democracy How (Harmony and Dissonance) is also included. Interspersed also with unexpected reworkings of standards, Wings Uncaged proclaims that in love, as in life and in nature, we can rise above and transform our circumstances.
Aimée Allen – vocals
Toru Dodo – piano
François Moutin – bass
Kush Abadey – drums
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aimée remembers: “There was a lot of music at
home. As a child, my mother sang around the house, so I did too. My brother played
guitar and I played a bit of piano. I remember hearing classic jazz,, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah
Vaughan (my all-time favorite), Abbey Lincoln, Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Al Jarreau, Pat
Metheny, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, and Nancy Wilson. I also listened to AM radio
and a lot of classic rock including Steely Dan, Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Michael
Jackson. I sang in school choirs and occasionally in church, and played the flute as
well.” While attending Yale, Aimée began to take singing more seriously, performing in
a cappella groups. She went to Paris as an undergrad and started to sing professionally at
duo gigs in piano bars. “Paris immediately felt like a second home to me, and I found that
the jazz I grew up with was very popular there, even more recognized than in the States.”
She teamed up with top local musicians to form Le Bossa Novices, singing Jobim tunes
and other Brazilian music. Return visits to Paris found her leading her own quartet,
appearing at clubs and festivals.
Back in New York since 2002, Aimée has long been an important member of the jazz
community, performing regularly at countless venues, and on stage with many great jazz
intrpreters including Roswell Rudd, Joel Frahm, Ari Hoenig, Yomo Toro, Romero
Lubambo, and Francois Moutin. In 2006 she recorded her debut release, Dream. Already
displaying a fully-formed style of her own, she performed vocals in English, French and
Portuguese on a variety of standards and bossa novas, ranging from “Honeysuckle Rose,”
and “Triste” to her original “Solitude Blues.” The following year she recorded
l’Inexplicable, a special set of soulful jazz-pop originals sung in French. Next was
Winters & Mays, which includes among its highlights her interpretations of “Peel Me
Like A Grape,” Sting’s “Fragile,” and a combination of “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “It
Could Happen To You.” 2015’s Matter Of Time teamed the singer with pianist Toru
Dodo, bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Jacob Melchior. Four numbers co-star the
masterful Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo. Highlights include Aimée’s thoughtful
“Matter Of Time,” “The Island,” a hard-swinging “Close Your Eyes,” and the ballad
“Sometimes You Just Know.”
Aimée Allen gets vivid reactions from audiences when she performs her compositions.
Some of her original music has been licensed for feature film and network television. She
performs regularly in New York, has dates in Europe, and is always working on creating
new music. And she is very grateful for the support that she has received from fans in her
Indiegogo campaign for Wings Uncaged.
Aimée Allen and jazz both have a bright future. – Scott Yanow

 

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