Allison Adams Tucker @ Blue Note

My musical repertoire is a culmination of my experiences living in and traveling to various countries, my background in lingusitics, and my love for world cultures – wrapped in a ribbon of jazz. I perform jazz-influenced music of Brazil, Italy, France, Latin America (Cuba, Argentina, Mexico), Japan, and of course the US – all with a contemporary twist of swing, Latin rhythms, funk, gypsy jazz, and blues.
Allison Adams Tucker

20090827173409 Jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker wrote to tell me that she will be performing in Kansai next month:

I was invited to be a showcase artist at the 1st Annual Kansai Music Conference in Osaka (Sept 19-20), and have booked a Japan Tour around this. I’ll be performing in Kyoto on Sept 14th at Blue Note (in my favorite area of town near Kiyamachi), Osaka (Azul 9/15  & Jazz On Top 9/20 with the Phillip Strange Trio), and Tokyo (Body & Soul 9/22, joining Tommy Campbell’s “Vocal Session Band” with Toku).

She was also kind enough to send me a copy of her debut CD “Come With Me” which I’ve been listening to today whilst pottering about the house. It’s a nice collection of jazz standards from all across the globe sung in a fine clear yet powerful voice… And what makes it a little bit special is Allison’s linguistic ability. She sings fluently in six (SIX!) different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, and English. Now that’s just greedy! High points of the collection for me are the smooth blending of Sakura with My Funny Valentine, the upbeat version of Over the Rainbow, another blend of Japanese but this time with French with La Mer/Umi and Allison’s original song You Got Me which sounded oddly familiar – as if it was itself already a standard. Perhaps it ought to be.

This is not Allison’s first visit to Japan. “I have had a deep love affair with Japan, since my first trip there in 1989” she writes. More specifically she says, during the late 90’s her experience in Kyoto “changed my life. We only intended to stay for a year but ended up staying for four.”

Allison Adams Tucker will be performing with Phillip Strange (piano), Tetsuro Aratama (bass), Ryo Shibata (drums), at legendary live music house Blue Note on Monday September 14th. Tickets are 3000 yen.  Blue Note is open from 19:00 – 2:00 every night of every week.  It’s located on the south side of a little street between Kawaramachi and Kiyamachi just round the corner from and north of the Bal buidling. Here is a map. Tel: 075-223-0398

“Come With Me” is available as a CD here, or on digital download here. You can also sample some snippets for free on her website and her myspace page.

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