Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Jen Allen of West Hartford, CT, is performing this week in the 16th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 2700 F Street, NW Washington, D.C.

See the 10-piece Jen Allen Big Band / Cosmic Jibaros As One, Progressive Jazz / Latin Rock Fusion Featuring DominiQue Saturday, June 11 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. They will provide the reception entertainment for the 14th annual Connecticut Young Writers Trust Celebration.

Watch for announcements – coming very soon – about the Top 30 young poets and writers in Connecticut. They will be honored and receive cash prizes during the festivities at CCSU.

More about this Kennedy Center presentation:

The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival marks its 16th thrilling year with three evenings of star-studded performances featuring the world's top female jazz artists.

Pianists selected for the second class of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop—Jennifer Allen, Tara Buzash, Carolina Calvache, Laura Dubin, Martha Kato, Amy Rowe, ArcoIris Sandoval, and Mamiko Watanabe—play a program of standards and original works. Part of the 16th Annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Thu., May 19: the JaLaLa vocal group, featuring founding members of the Manhattan Transfer Janis Siegel and Laurel Massé, and Lauren Kinhan of New York Voices; plus flutist Jamie Baum and her Septet; and saxophonist Tia Fuller and her Quartet.

Fri., May 20 (Abbey Lincoln Tribute): a special tribute to the late vocalist Abbey Lincoln with Terri Lyne Carrington as Music Director, and vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Cassandra Wilson.

Sat., May 21: multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale; plus the duo of pianist Peggy Stern and saxophonist "Sweet" Sue Terry; and, special guest vocalist Marlena Shaw with FIVE PLAY: drummer Sherrie Maricle, saxophonist Janelle Reichman, bassist Noriko Ueda, pianist Tomoko Ohno, and trumpet and flugelhorn player Jami Dauber.
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-- Originally from Foxboro, Ma, Jen Allen was a cellist who started playing jazz piano as a favor to her high school band director, little knowing that she was finding her true artistic voice.

She went on to study with Jackie Mclean, Steve Davis, Andy LaVerne at the Hartt School of Music, and quickly became a busy working pianist and composer. Jen is presently a piano instructor at Trinity College and a theory and ensemble coach at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

She has performed worldwide and can currently be heard with Nat Reeves, Kendrick Oliver’s New Life Orchestra, Charles Flores, Kris Allen, the collaborative New Unity Quartet and other jazz and creative music ensembles.

Jen’s debut album as a leader “Pieces of Myself” was just released.


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