Jazz continues at the Oxford Hotel

The Jazz at the Oxford concert series continues its impressive 2012-13 season this weekend with three shows by Karrin Allyson.

If you’ve been to one of these, you know that the Oxford Hotel’s shadowy basement ballroom lends itself particularly well to slow, slinky, smoldering pieces.

The upbeat stuff is great, too, but at the two shows I’ve seen (saxophonist Bobby Watson in 2011, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt late last year), the showstoppers were pinpoint performances in front of a pin-drop room.

In that light, Allyson may be the ideal musician to play this venue and this series. She is a stunning vocalist with a knack for picking great songs to sing and the skill to take them to new levels. Warm and rich or icy cool, Allyson’s voice is as versatile as you’ll hear in jazz.

The Houston Press says it better: “If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation.”

Karrin Allyson; 8 tonight, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; $49 plus fees in advance at www.bendticket.com (tonight is sold out); The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; www.jazzattheoxford.com or 541-382-8436.

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