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Jazz Singer Karrin Allyson Is Back In Kansas City


A gypsy life isn't unusual among musicians and Karrin Allyson certainly leads one.  Her official biography includes a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay area, a stint in Minneapolis, a home base now in New York City and tours that take her around the world.

But it was here in Kansas City that her recording career began and she has returned for a gig at The Folly Theatre. On this edition of Up to Date, Allyson stops by the studio to talk with Steve Kraske about her latest release, Yuletide Hideaway, and her life in jazz.

Hear More: The Karrin Allyson Quintet performs at The Folly Theatreon Friday, December 19, at 8:00 p.m.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.