Date:   11/28/2014

Four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz at Thrasher this Friday

The acclaimed jazz vocalist, composer and educator, Jackie Allen, will perform at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake this Friday, November 28th as part of the annual Thanksgiving Jazz Series hosted by Janet Planet. Jackie is renowned for her transcendent interpretations. "Allenís voice is both crystalline and soulful; waxing romantic and poetic ...

This is four-hundred-dollar-a-bottle jazz -- no cheap imitation." óRolling Stone


Born in Milwaukee, WI, Jackie grew up in McFarland, a suburb of Madison, WI. She was surrounded by music - all three of her brothers played brass instruments at the insistence of her father Louis, a Dixieland jazz tuba player who was recently inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame. Jackie chose the French horn. She later attended UW Madison studying Vocal Performance and Jazz.


In the late 80s, Jackie lived in Milwaukee where she worked with organist Melvin Rhyne (Wes Montgomery Trio) for four years before moving to Chicago. There her career blossomed and she released CDs for independent and major labels including Lake Shore Jazz, Naxos Jazz, A440, Red Mark, and Blue Note Records. Jackie recorded three critically acclaimed CDs for A440 and Blue Note: The Men In My Life (2003), Love Is Blue (2004) and Tangled (2006). Her last release, Starry Night (2009), was recorded live with chamber orchestra and features star-themed songs penned by arrangers who have written for such legends and noted artists as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen, and Bobby McFerrin.


My Favorite Color, Jackie's 10th CD, was released on May 13, 2014. Long known for the enticing smoky quality of her voice and the natural sincerity of her interpretations, My Favorite Color is Jackieís long anticipated follow-up studio release to her 2006 Blue Note recording Tangled.


This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alliant Energy Foundation.  Sponsorship provided by Bergstrom Automotive, Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic and Chiroplus Complementary Health Care Center.


Tickets for this special event are available for $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher Opera House Office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake), Pick N' Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon), Twister (Princeton), or by calling 920-294-4279. Tickets are also available online at


Note: Every month, the Green Lake County Food Pantry provides emergency assistance to hundreds of families and individuals in need, which means that the shelves need replenishing on a continual basis.  Please join us in support of the Green Lake County Food Pantry program by bringing a donation of a non-perishable food item or a monetary gift to the Jackie Allen performance. Whether a can or a case, your gifts will help make the holidays brighter for area families in need.    


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