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Jazz professor to perform in Lincoln June 25

Jackie Allen, jazz vocalist, respected jazz vocal educator and songwriting instructor at Doane, grew up around music.

Her mother sang at weddings and funerals and her dad was a Dixieland jazz tuba player.

Her father playing in Dixieland and Polka bands exposed her to improvisation early on, which helped get her started in jazz.

The five children in the family decided to play brass instruments as well, Jackie playing the French horn.

“To play the French horn, you really have to listen,” she said. “I think it helped develop my musical ear.”

After studying vocal performance and jazz, Jackie now teaches jazz vocals and songwriting at Doane, and has performed all over the United States as well as internationally.

She has performed in Europe, China, Taiwan, Morocco, Brazil, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She will also close out the 2013 season of Jazz in June on Tuesday, June 25 at the Sheldon Art Museum sculpture garden in Lincoln.

She is busy working on her 10th and 11th CD and has recorded with such prestigious labels Blue Note Records, which claims artists such as Nora Jones and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

In her upcoming concert, she will perform songs from her new CDs including, “My Favorite Color” as well as her last release, "Starry Night" (Avant Bass), live with the chamber orchestra.

Jackie began working at Doane after moving to Lincoln almost two years ago from Indiana with her husband, double bassist and UNL professor Dr. Hans Sturm. Sturm, along with Jackie’s Chicago rhythm section, will perform with her at the end of June.

“It’s unique teaching at Doane because it’s a smaller college.” she said. “I can teach one-on- one, which is really great.” 

Jackie has particularly enjoyed her experience at Doane because of the students she gets to work with.

“The students are mature, talented and hardworking,” Jackie said. “It’s just a wonderful atmosphere (at Doane).”