My Funny Valentine – Allison Crowe w. Billie Woods – Live Jazzhaus Freiburg

On her most recent European tour, Allison Crowe’s concert venues included several classic jazz joints.

Crowe, who started playing piano at age five, first sang publicly around that same time – belting out the Jazz Era-hit “Ja-Da Ja-Da (Jing Jing Jing)”.

Making music her life full-time since age 16, the artist, now 32, is one of the great singers and musicians in popular music on-stage and on record this century. While she’s known as a singular writer and performer of rock, folk, pop, Newfoundland, Celtic, and other sounds – her roots in jazz go deep, and she now includes some favourite standards in her many-hued repertoire.

Here, at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg, Allison Crowe sings Rogers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” – accompanied by the always delightful Billie Woods Music on guitar.

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Discerning culture blog Muruch loves Allison Crowe’s vocal take on the Rogers-Hart jazz standard, “My Funny Valentine”, saying: “I never thought anyone could match, let alone surpass, the great Etta James on this song, but Allison’s gut-busting high notes take the melody to a whole ‘nother level…”

http://www.muruch.com/2014/06/allison-crowe-my-funny-valentine-live-video.html

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Wedding Song: V Day Playlist #5 of 7

Allan Showalter, erudite and entertaining MC at ‘1 Heck of a Guy‘, a Leonard Cohen-centric blog of rare scope, in comparing Allison Crowe’s cover of “Me and Bobby McGee” with this original, “Wedding Song” -

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- says such act “leads to an unavoidable conclusion: Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.” The good doctor adds: “Turns out all the hype about about Allison’s vast tonal, thematic, and emotional range is true.”

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In My Life: V Day Playlist #4 of 7

Here’s a tune first delivered to the world by The Beatles and George Martin on the “Rubber Soul” LP. From the timeless songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it’s a “John song”. Allison Crowe sailed to sea and performed for Lennon family and friends come together with Scottish villagers and music-lovers from all across Europe, in Durness, Scottish Highlands. The Scotsman newspaper calls Allison a “Canadian angel” and her “In My Life” cover “one of the weekend’s most magical moments”. Here’s a video version -

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and a different performance from Allison on her “Tidings” album.

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How Long: V Day Playlist #3 of 7

How Long” is something of a curious member of Allison Crowe’s song repertoire. It’s overwhelmingly popular with international audiences, and particularly in those countries where English is not a first language. As it’s rarely heard in concert, we have no video or still images of Allison performing the song. The pic accompanying the audio in this vid looks down a road to the sea off the coast of the Orkney Islands, Northern Scotland. It’s taken by Billie Woods, photographer, musician and friend of Allison, when the pair were graciously invited by composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen’s Master of Music, and ”Max”’s partner Colin Parkinson to visit their Orcadian home:
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Time After Time: V Day Playlist #2 of 7

Allison Crowe’s interpretations are much-loved, and this is one of those song favourites. Captured live, by Scott Littlejohn of Nanaimo, BC, Canada, here’s Allison’s take on the Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman-penned “Time After Time“:

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Northern Lights: Valentine’s V Day Playlist #1 of 7

Valentine’s, V, Day is a week off. Here’s the first in a seven-part Allison Crowe playlist – original songs and interpretations to carry us beyond the galaxy of Moon-June-spoon, to land on and explore the real terrain of the heart. Intentionally rustic, Northern Lights reflects the raw beauty of nature.

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Allison’s music is paired with images of the Aurora Borealis captured by Yukon-based photographer David Cartier, Sr. – who’s added lots more pics to his awe-inspiring sets @ Flickr

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Happy Valentine’s

There is love in the air – as there should always be! Here, now, is some vintage emotion from Allison Crowe.

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This is the version of “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” from Allison’s “This Little Bird” album. It’s the song which brought Aretha Franklin to a big audience 44 years ago. And two hearts still beat as one :)

The lovely Valentine image is courtesy VintageHolidayCrafts.com

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