One of the premier jazz vocalists of her generation, former Twin Cities resident Karrin Allyson can scat with a vitality that recalls Ella Fitzgerald, get smoky with the blues, add fresh intrigue to both bop and pop, sound like a native in French and Portuguese, and render a ballad so exquisitely that it's like inventing emotion. She's simply brilliant as a song interpreter, always transforming even the most familiar lyrics into something magical with her intonation and phrasing. And she has a fine touch on piano. Allyson's latest album is last year's Grammy-nominated 'Round Midnight, a superb collection of jazz and pop standards anchored by a hushed, exceptionally intimate version of Monk's title tune, featuring only the subtle textures of Allyson's voice and Ed Howard's conspiratorial, woody bass. Joining Allyson and Howard at the Dakota will be guitarist Bob Mann.
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Nov. 26. Continues through Nov. 27, 2012