Five-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson Comes to Orcas Center

Submitted by Orcas Center.

Orcas Center and the Orcas Island Jazz Festival presents five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Allyson rose to prominence in the ‘90s, releasing a string of albums including her debut I Didn’t Know About You in 1992. The album earned such accolades as being name‐checked in Playboy’s annual readers’ poll alongside such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn. Subsequently, Allyson assembled a fine backing band consisting of fellow Kansas City musicians including pianist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, bassists Bob Bowman and Gerald Spaits, and drummer Todd Strait, along with Minneapolis-‐based pianist Laura Caviani, all of whom have played on many of her recordings.Allyson continued issuing albums at a steady pace, picking up Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy nominations for 2001’s Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, 2006’s Footprints, 2007’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil, 2011’s ‘Round Midnight, and 2015’s Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein.

With 15 albums released so far, and always more exciting projects in the works, Allyson’s range and creativity seems to have no bounds. What unites this wide world of music is Allyson’s warmth and depth. She’s not just singing a lyric, she’s telling you her story. And then that becomes your story. You hear the music from the inside out.

Ticket prices range from $15-$47. Call 360-376-2281 ext 1 or visit for tickets. Can’t make the show in-person? Simply go to at the time of the performance to watch the livestream. While livestreams are complimentary, donations are appreciated.