Gail Allen

Vocalist

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Singer /Songwriter, Gail Allen from Passaic New Jersey, brings a hot and cool syncopated

approach to jazz in the tradition. Reminiscent of Betty Carter - Nancy Wilson and someone your

hearing for the first time. In NYC during her formative years Gail Allen was introduced to basest

Walter Booker and pianist Bertha Hope by pianist Doug Carn. In this rich musical environment

Gail Allen penned lyrics to Elmo Hope=s Carving the rock and Dee Dah.@, along with other

original compositions.

Gradually a style of singing evolved that raised the ears of jazz festival producers and band

leaders.

Soon Gail Allen began to traveled as opening Act for Jazz greats, organist Jimmy Smith -and

the legendary singer Arthur Prysock from whom she learned to take her time with a ballad. Gail

latter went on to tour with (her cousin Beverly Lee) the Shirrelles for a six year stint. The pop

circuit introduced Gail to contemporary styles of music as demonstrated on her version of Willie

Nelsons Crazy recorded on Gails Sax and the Single Girl released by Airmen records 1995.

Gails style of singing has complemented many recording sessions and her talents have allow

her work as a radio personality and voice over artist.

Gail is presently living in New Jersey writing a musical about the civil rights movement of the

60's