|KI ALLEN - LADY JAZZ
An encounter with singer Ki Allen is nothing less than extraordinary!
She has the uncanny ability to charm a young audience and at the same time
surprise aficionados. Whether a jazz or blues enthusiast, Allen will always show
you something new about the music you love. Allen constantly challenges herself.
Her repertoire is ever expanding and her phrasing ever illuminating. Through her
performances in concerts, televisons, radio and Night clubs Allen has developed
a broad array of devoted fans.
-Gaye Agahi, freelance writer
-Mary Miller, Aritist
|SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
4:10 - 5:00 P.M.
TIME: 4:10 P.M. - 5:00 P.M
KI ALLEN, VOCALS, DAVE THOMAS,
PIANO, PETER DOMIGUEZ, DOUBLE
BASS, CURITS TAYLOR, TRUMPET AND
RON GODALE, DRUMS.
U.S. BANK PLAZA -PLAY HOUSE
SQUARE. : E. 14TH & EUCLID AVE.
CLEVELAND, OHIO 44115
July 6th & July 20th
Mojo Generation Big Band
Doors Open: 7pm - Music Starts: 8pm
|GIGS - 2015
Cleveland, OH 44102
July 13th & July 27th
FIRST FIVE QUINTET
Doors Open: 7pm - Music Starts: 8pm
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2015
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
KI ALLEN,VOCAL, BOB FRASER, GUITAR,
PETER DOMINGUEZ, DOUBLE BASS,
RON GODALE, DRUMS
Belle Ave & Lake Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
|Bob Fraser & Ki Allen
Bob Fraser and Ki Allen knew they’d struck a special spark when they first played together in the
early ‘90s at Club Isabella in University Circle. “Bob is magical,” Ki says. “Bob and I need no
discussions as to how we will begin or end a tune.”
“With Ki, it is always an adventure to play a tune,” says Bob, who fell in love with the guitar at age 8
when he first heard Les Paul, Andres Segovia and Tal Farlow. “I have the freedom to try a different
approach on a song. Ki is very flexible and will adapt to the new idea immediately. Ki can sing any
tune in any key.”
“Singing with Bob is like being transformed to an instrument,” says Ki. “Bob is a brilliant guitarist.
His music supports each note that I sing. He is a singer's dream.”
Bob and Ki have just released “Calling Card,” their debut CD. It speaks to their empathy for each
other and their comprehension of the Great American Songbook. It also speaks to Ki’s growing
talent as a composer, in the sweet tune “Nonetheless” (with a nod to Ki’s mother for the lyrics).
What it speaks most deeply to is the rich experience each brings to this superlative joint effort.
“When I was an 8-year-old,” Ki recalls, “nothing in the world mattered to me but singing and music.”
She was exposed to jazz, blues, classical, country, rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, pop—you name it. She began
singing with her two sisters, imitating the Supremes. She has always been encouraged by her
mother, too. “My mother introduced me to music by Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London,
Barbara Streisand, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Sarah Vaughn,” she says.
Ki brings all those influences and more to bear on her unique style. She has performed at Cain Park
in Cleveland Heights, at the Tri-C Jazz Fest, at Cleveland State University, at clubs throughout
northeastern Ohio, with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and at Oberlin University. Among the
musicians she has worked with: the late-lamented pianists Carl “Ace” Carter and Neal Creque, the
celebrated current pianists Drene Ivy, Jackie Warren, bassist Peter Dominguez, drummers Ron
Godale and Paul Samuels, and guitarist Bobby Ferrazza.
And Bob Fraser, a more academic kind of guy.
A 1964 graduate of Case Institute of Technology, Fraser is an adjunct faculty member at Case, the
University of Akron, Cleveland State and Cuyahoga Community College. He plays in the theater
orchestras of the State, Hanna, Palace, and Music Hall downtown, and worked the Front Row, the
late-lamented theater-in-the-round in Highland Heights.
Fraser has lent his singular styling’s to performances by Maria Schneider, Pat Pace, Grover
Washington, Howie Smith, Ernie Krivda, Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Lovano, Ray Parker and Dominick
Farinacci. The go-to guitarist in Cleveland, he’s a member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the
Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. His experience spans work with the
great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Youngstown thrush Maureen McGovern, on “The Morning
After,” the biggest pop hit to ever come out of Cleveland. And he played electric guitar with the
Cleveland Orchestra when Pierre Boulez conducted a program including a piece by Leonard
The first time he heard live jazz was at the Modern Jazz Room on East 4th Street in Cleveland. It was
probably 1957. The attraction was Lionel Hampton. Fraser has all kinds of history. He did a lot of
work on jingles in the ‘60s and ‘70s, incorporating electric bass into his skill set. “The legit bass
players who could read did not want to play the electric bass and the rock players couldn't read,”
he says. “Good opportunity for me to step in.” Fraser is versatile for sure.
As is Ki, who can rock and sing the blues, too. Let’s hope “Calling Card” is the first of many
collaborations. It definitely documents the magical way Bob and Ki make music together. Credit
their diverse experience and a singular chemistry.
By Carlo Wolff - Author of "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories"
|ALBUM: Calling Card
THANK YOU VISITING THIS SITE!
|Nonetheless - Lyrics By Ireta
Music by Ki Allen & Bob Fraser