"Jazz in the Moonlight" at Stuhr July 28

Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council is bringing Jackie Allen to perform “on the green” at Stuhr Museum on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each in advance, $25 at the gate/day of show.

The gates open at 6:00 and food from The Chocolate Bar and Wave Pizza will be available as well as full beverage service. Concert tickets are available at Grand Island Ace Hardware and Hy-Vee or online at www.moonshellartsandhumanities.org. The concert will take place outside of the Stuhr Building.

Jackie Allen is a critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, and educator. Described as “utterly distinctive and even innovative” by Billboard Magazine, Jackie is renowned for her transcendent interpretations. Rolling Stone says "Allen's voice is both crystalline and soulful; waxing romantic and poetic ... this is four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz -- no cheap imitation." Jackie's extraordinary talent has taken her on multiple tours of Europe, Morocco, Brazil, China and Taiwan. Nationally she has toured both coasts and everywhere in-between.

Allen released her tenth CD, My Favorite Color, in early 2014. It features her long-time band and is produced by her bassist husband, Hans Sturm. In addition to Sturm on bass, Jackie's band includes Paul Haar on saxophone, Tom Larson on piano and Dave Hall on drums.

Born in Milwaukee, WI Jackie grew up in McFarland, a suburb of Madison, WI. She was surrounded by music, her father Louis (Gene), a Dixieland jazz tuba player. Jackie and her four siblings played brass instruments as well, Jackie choosing the French horn. She attended U.W. Madison studying Vocal Performance and Jazz. In the late 80s, Jackie moved to Milwaukee and met pianist/organist Melvin Rhyne (Wes Montgomery) and worked together 4 years before moving to Chicago. There she began her recording career, recording for labels Lake Shore Jazz, Naxos Jazz, A440, Red Mark, Blue Note Records and others. Jackie met “Chicago’s First Lady of Jazz” pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts and began a long musical relationship recording two CDs, Santa Baby and Autumn Leaves. Jackie and her own combo recorded 3 critically acclaimed CDs for A440 and Blue Note, The Men In My Life (2003), Love Is Blue (2004) and Tangled (2006).

This jazz concert is not a fundraiser. "It's Moonshell's gift to the community. We want to provide an entertaining concert in pleasant surroundings--just a nice way to spend a summer evening."

The Moonshell Arts and Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and expanding the Arts and Humanities in Hall County. For additional information please email L.J. McCormick at ljmccormick@collegeparkgi.com or moonshellartsandhumanities@gmail.com. You can also call Stuhr Museum at (308) 385-5316.