Karrin Allyson’s New Album “MANY A NEW DAY”
EWING, NJ: Now is the perfect time, says jazz artist Karrin Allyson, to revisit the Rodgers & Hammerstein songbook. Two days after the release of her latest album, Allyson, accompanied by bass guitarist Ed Howard , will give a benefit concert “Chansons pour le Congo III” presented by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The concert, which benefits two Congo-based charities, will be Sunday, September 20, at 3 p.m. at the Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing.
“These songs are innocent yet wise, hopeful yet nobody’s fool, calling us ever forward to be decent human beings,” says Allyson, who features Kenny Barron and John Patitucci on “Many a New Day” on the Motema label. “Sadly, the song ‘You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,’ from ‘South Pacific’ (a musical that was written with the intention to fight racism) still resonates all too well today.”
Tickets $70 for adults, $50 for seniors, $30 for students; TCNJ special rates. www.WomanCradleOfAbundance.org or http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=TCNJ&event=Benefit Tickets are tax-deductible at 80% of face value. For information on the charities, tickets, and sponsorships, call 609-683-5157.
This will be the third concert that Allyson, a four-time Grammy nominee, has given to benefit the two charities. Founded by an ecumenical group of Congolese women, Woman, Cradle of Abundance (FEBA) supports a sewing school for girls, medical care for women and children living with HIV/AIDS, counseling for survivors of rape and forced prostitution, small micro-credit projects, and school fees for orphans. The American 501(c)3 partner, Woman Cradle of Abundance, Inc., was founded by Dr. Elsie McKee and friends in Princeton, NJ (www.WomanCradleofAbundance.org) .
UFAR, founded by Dr. Daniel Shungu, is an African-inspired, Lawrenceville-based nonprofit charitable organization that aims, in partnership with other organizations, to eradicate onchocerciasis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Riverblindness is a major public health problem in Africa (www.riverblindness.org).
The College of New Jersey is a very selective public residential college focusing on undergraduate education. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program and affliates WILL and Triota are happy to sponsor this event which will benefit African women. (www.tcnj.edu)
“The plight of women and girls everywhere on the planet is very disturbing to me,” says Allyson. “The only way to a better society anywhere is to help, empower and educate women, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be involved in Woman, Cradle of Abundance. These Women of the Congo have amazing strength and I only want to help with their goals of a safe and healthy society, freed from diseases like AIDS and riverblindness, and to help the world see that they are FIRST class citizens.”
Elsie McKee 609-683-5157 , email@example.com
FROM the press kit About MANY A NEW DAY
“The music fits her perfectly; the songs are relevant; and it’s a great way to honor the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Sound of Music’ which is marked this year,” says Jana Herzen, CEO of the Motema label. “What really surprised both Karrin and me is that we can find no record of a jazz singer putting together a collection like this.”
Allyson lives in New York City, following a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay Area, a degree in classical piano performance and important stints in Minneapolis and Kansas City, where she began her recording career with Concord Jazz. Allyson currently spends two days out of three on tour, playing the major jazz festivals, concert venues and clubs of the U.S. and making repeated tours overseas — to Brazil, Japan, Australia and the great cities of Europe.
Allyson takes an array of these beloved songs on an elegant, intimate and joyful ride. Her arrangements, impeccably performed by Barron and Patitucci, manage to infuse these musical theater gems with a spare, sophisticated and intimate vibe that recalls the wee-hours in a late night Paris jazz club. “I first got the idea to do this while watching an ‘American Masters’ program about Oscar Hammerstein. I was so moved by his personal life, such a decent man, who stood up for his beliefs… and wrote about them in his lyrics. (Yes– they are so tremendously romantic too.)
Allyson says that Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote about “An America into which I was born and which I sometimes miss — filled with innocence, optimism, a confident can-do response to any problem, an appealing wise-guy humor, a sense that we all belong together on this wonderful planet.”
Says Allyson: “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work rises from the Depression and World War II, an era of the Dust Bowl, of Jim Crow, of rural poverty and urban tenements, of the rise of Fascism. And in spite of all the bad news, these two boys are singing. And so are we.”
Source: Baret News