Allison Adams Tucker
With a voice “supple as silk and smooth as cashmere” (John Gilbert, eJazzNews), and “mesmerizing, whether in English, Japanese, French” (Doug Boynton, GirlSingers.org), Allison Adams Tucker creates a unique montage of jazz-driven melodies and rhythms in six languages that is turning heads. From Brazilian to straight ahead, French chansons to Mediterranean and beyond– ”expect the unexpected.” (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene)
About Allison Adams Tucker:
Born in San Diego, California, multi-lingual jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker began singing before she could speak. Allison was raised by classically trained musical parents, and began performing in front of audiences at age 5. She studied piano, flute, violin, dance and voice from elementary school and holds a BA in Linguistics / Music Vocal Performance and an AA in Italian. Allison's vocal palette has been colored by her experience in a variety of musical genres throughout her life, from punk rock to Elizabethan a cappella. These experiences led her on a natural and steadfast transition to the world of jazz in 2005.
Allison's love for languages and world cultures also began at a young age, and she has studied and sings in 6 languages besides her own. She has lived in Japan and Spain and has traveled to over 15 countries. This "wanderlust" is evident in the music she chooses today. Her music reflects her passion for world cultures with rhythms, melodies, and lyrics of Brazil, Italy, France, Latin America, Japan, and the US.
Allison's debut CD "Come With Me" (Allegato Music, July 2008), co-produced by jazz guitarist Peter Sprague (Dianne Reeves, David Benoit, Chick Corea, Sergio Mendes) and arranged by Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter, Hubert Laws, Earl Klugh, Patti Austin), received international acclaim, was nominated for Best Jazz Album 2009 by the San Diego Music Awards, and continues to receive airplay on radio stations in 18 countries.
Allison's sophomore CD "April in Paris" (Allegato Music, June 3 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 with international musicians and arrangers from five countries. Arrangers include Kamau Kenyatta, Danny Green, Emmanuel Massarotti, and Jovino Santos Neto.
Allison returned to the studio in December 2014 and January 2015 for her third album project "WANDERlust", this time in New York City under the direction of producer Matt Pierson (Brad Mehldau, Becca Stephens, Jane Monheit, Milton Nascimento) and including a group of world class musicians: pianist and arranger Josh Nelson, Chris Potter, Scott Colley, Antonio Sánchez, Mike Moreno, Romero Lubambo, Stéphane Wrembel, and Rogério Boccato. WANDERlust journeys into new territory with jazz inspired songs that span countries and genres, with all tracks being recorded in all 6 languages.
As a session artist, Allison’s voice can be heard on national commercials 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. Allison regularly entertains audiences in Japan, Europe, Mexico, and around the US.
What they're saying about "April in Paris":
"Perky and upbeat…soulful."
— George Harris for Jazz Weekly, August, 2014
"Rich, soothing... Tucker's lyrics and vocals have the power to enchant."
— Woodrow Wilkins The Jazz Writer, August, 2014
"April In Paris" radiates a certain international chic... with a voice that's as soft as twilight and as enchanting as twinkling stars."
— Carol Banks Weber for AXS, July, 2014
"April In Paris is a delight from start to finish."
— Scott Yanow LA Jazz Scene,July, 2014
"...lustrous in any language. A vocalist who clarifies every note within a hair's breath."
— Carol Banks Weber for Examiner, July, 2014
"...one thrush who knows how to swing. An adventurous singer that isn't shy about leaving her own stamp on the proceedings. Hot stuff."
— Midwest Record, May, 2014
Events featuring Allison Adams Tucker
- Allison Adams Tucker CD Release April in Paris: Los Angeles
- Allison Adams Tucker CD Release April in Paris: Oakland
- Allison Adams Tucker CD Release April in Paris: New York City
- Allison Adams Tucker April in Paris Tour: Boston
- Allison Adams Tucker Quartet at Blue Note NYC
- A Holiday Concert: Allison Adams Tucker Quintet and the UCSD Triotones
- Allison Adams Tucker NYC Unplugged (Rockwood) with Mike Moreno, Marco Panascia, Mauricio Zottarelli