Given 4 stars by DownBeat Magazine and described by the Examiner as “lustrous in any language – a vocalist who clarifies every note within a hair’s breath,” multi-lingual vocalist Allison Adams Tucker creates a unique travel memoir in music with jazz-driven songs that span countries and genres in 6 languages. As JazzTimes adds, “Light and buoyant, her voice is remarkably fresh, its purity underscored by considerable depth and sagely shaded hues, suggesting Tierney Sutton by way of Karen Carpenter."
Born in San Diego to classically trained musical parents, Tucker started singing before she could speak and began performing in front of audiences at age 5. Growing up on the border with Mexico, Allison was exposed to intermingling cultures, and her love for languages and world cultures also began at an early age. Allison’s vocal palette has been colored by her experience in a variety of musical genres throughout her life, from classical to punk rock and even a cappella Elizabethan madrigals, and in 2005 she found her home in jazz.
Allison's debut album "Come With Me" (Allegato Music, July 2008), co-produced by jazz guitarist Peter Sprague (Dianne Reeves, David Benoit, Chick Corea, Sergio Mendes) and arranged by Grammy award winning Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter, Hubert Laws, Earl Klugh, Patti Austin), received international acclaim, was nominated for Best Jazz Album 2009 by the San Diego Music Awards, and continues to receive airplay on radio stations in 18 countries.
Allison's sophomore album "April in Paris" (Allegato Music, June 2014) celebrating songs of springtime from around the world, was recorded in Paris on UNESCO's 1st Annual International Jazz Day at the end of a 9-concert tour through Italy & France with international musicians and arrangers from five countries. Arrangers include Kamau Kenyatta, Danny Green, Emmanuel Massarotti, and Jovino Santos Neto.
Her third album and first with Origin Records was recorded in New York City and includes an all-star ensemble: award winning producer Matt Pierson, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Scott Colley, drummer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonist Chris Potter and percussionist Rogério Boccato, plus alternating guitarists Romero Lubambo, Mike Moreno and Stephane Wrembel. WANDERlust journeys into new territory with stories and music from Björk and Christina Perri to Astor Piazzolla, Pat Metheny, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ennio Morricone.
As a session artist, Allison's voice can be heard on national commercials and on the video game "The Saboteur" soundtrack singing French jazz in the company of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux, & others. This has resulted in a cult following by the typically "non-jazz listening" gamer audience, causing her interpretation of "La Vie En Rose" to become one of the top downloads on iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify worldwide.
Tucker has entertained audiences in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the US, with highlights including the Blue Note New York, Ronnie Scott’s London, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Los Angeles, The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival, East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival, Takatsuki Jazz Street Festival Osaka, Body & Soul Tokyo, Le Baiser Salé Paris, Music Inn Rome, Lucca Jazz Donna Festival Tuscany.