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Karrin Allyson: Looking for hope in heartbreak

Justin Steyer

Relive last week’s studio session with vocalist/pianist, Karrin Allyson, who was joined by guitarist Rod Fleeman.

Karrin has just released a CD called Round Midnight, which explores heartbreak. The first song she performed in this studio session was Paul Simon’s April Come She Will, from the new CD.

“Choosing the material [for the CD] was challenging because, yes, they are heartbreak tunes but there’s always a tinge of hope … and life,” she told KPLU jazz host Dick Stein after the first song.

And it’s that tinge of hope that makes the cumulative affect of Round Midnight uplifting rather than saddening.

The duo also performed Bill Evans’ Turn Out The Stars and Charlie Chaplin’s Smile (video below)

Between songs she and Dick discussed the craft of songwriting and the relationship between acting and singing. 

It’s a lovely set of songs from one of the world’s finest jazz singers and one of our all-time favorite studio guests, Karrin Allyson.

Justin joined KNKX in 2009 as the station's first Multimedia Manager. In this role, Justin helped to produce multimedia content, and implement systems and procedures in efforts to transform KNKX from a traditional broadcast station into a multi-platform media organization.
Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.
Nick began working at KNKX as a program host in the late 1980’s and, with the exception of a relatively brief hiatus, has been with the station ever since. Along with his work as a Midday Jazz host, Nick worked for several years as KNKX’s Music Director. He is now the station’s Production Manager and also serves as a fill-in host on KNKX’s jazz and blues programs.