Veteran Singer Karrin Allyson -singing is always new-appears at the RRAZZ Room

The singer, who got her big break from Bay Area's Concord Records, loves SF

Singer Karrin Allyson, appearing at the Rraazz Room in downtown San Francisco August 31-September 2, has the deepest of connections to the Bay Area. When KJAZZ DG Stan Dunn recommended her to Carl Jefferson, founder and President of Concord Records, she found herself with a promoter, producer and what she says was someone she would learn to love.

The label would put out beautifully designed and recorded albums of classic jazz and distribute them world-wide and was the place to be when Karrin was starting out. And for a singer from the midwest there must have been the thrill of excitement to know that she would be working with probably the top small jazz label in the entire Western US. Mr. Jefferson also was known for his personal hand in artist's careers, because as an experienced salesman from the car industry, he loved selling what he loved. And Concord made a big push in sales and marketing to television and radio stations, liberally sending the latest releases to hundreds of people that would promote the music,

In a brief interview with Karrin as she was walking through Central Park in New York, I asked her about the singers she admires for their natural sound and musicianship. She mentioned that she thought Carmen McCrae, Sheila Jordan and Nancy King were singers that she admired in this way.

Karrin also stated that she is enjoying playing piano herself. The Labor Day weekend sounds like a good time for a romantic ride through song with one of the world's best. The Rrazz Room is one of San Francisco's most intimate spots. The Jazz Spy, says check it out. Summer is almost over, but fall is a time for romance.

Ken Vermes writes about music and culture as the Jazz Spy and can be found most weeks writing for the Commuter Times, Jazz Times and other publications. Follow Ken on Facebook.

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