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The Jazz Sides of Chaka Khan
Alison Crockett is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and pianist who grew up spending long nights entranced by her father’s extensive record collection. Tonight, she recreates one of those albums: Echoes of an Era. Originally featuring jazz heavyweights Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and funky soul diva Chaka Khan, Alison presents this memorable jazz album that meshes past and present inside of rearrangements of swinging jazz standards and originals by Chick Corea. Her musical director and friend, trumpeter Thad Wilson, lovingly recreates arrangements that bring in elements of Alison’s personal story, honoring her relationship with her dad and his record collection.
Alison Crockett has forged a groundbreaking, deliriously unpredictable path as a visionary and fiercely independent artist. She is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation and yet you may not have heard of her—but you’ve no doubt heard her voice. On seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics, and a whole host of others, Alison’s voice has provided the velvety, sensual sound of tomorrow’s yesterday’s—a captivating tone which evokes both the music of the past and that yet to come. A voice dripping soul with generous helpings of jazz, gospel and blue, Alison has taken the baton from divas of the present and past such as Lizz Wright, Rachelle Farrelle, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and Sarah Vaughn and forged a uniquely personal and singular musical vision.
“I consider myself a musician who comes out of the jazz tradition, the Black music tradition where jazz people take established forms and reimagine them in new and different ways,” she says, eschewing strict genre categorizations for herself and her responsive, ever-evolving artistry.