In 1992, Karrin Allyson was an unknown jazz singer from Nebraska. A dozen years and two Grammy nominations later, she's regarded as one of the most versatile and talented singers of her generation. Allyson's vocal range is nearly unmatched in jazz circles, and her masterly inflection has drawn comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. Her live repertoire includes covers of songs by Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell; her recorded material has been equally eclectic. She has covered French and Brazilian music (From Paris to Rio), John Coltrane (Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane), and the blues (In Blue). For jazz fans seeking a respite from all the VMA hoopla, Coral Gables is the place to be this Thursday.
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Karrin Allyson performs Thursday, August 25, at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $30. For more information, call 305-448-7421.