featuring  Alyssa Allgood 

 Body and Soul:  

A Valentine’s Day Songbook

…viscerally exciting, intellectually formidable with a seemingly bottomless well of ideas…


                                    -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

…she’s off to a remarkable start, a young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential.


                                    -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune


Dana Hall - drums and cymbals

Ben Waltzer - piano

Clark Sommers - acoustic bass

Alyssa Allgood - vocals

For this special Valentine’s Day performance, The Dana Hall Trio is thrilled to present a songbook of compositions honoring tales of love, longing, remembrance, and relationships in their many forms. Joining them will be award-winning vocalist Alyssa Allgood.

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Drummer, educator, and ethnomusicologist Dana Hall has been an important artist on the international music scene since 1992.


In addition to serving as the Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, Mr. Hall maintains an active schedule collaborating with others both locally and abroad.  With professional tour credits on six continents and extensive concert, club, and festival appearances throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia, Mr. Hall has performed, toured, and recorded with a broad and diverse group of artists, including Nicholas Payton, Betty Carter, Bobby Hutcherson, Michael Brecker, Ray Charles, Horace Silver, and Benny Golson, among many others.


Dana also served as a permanent member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and was for thirteen years a member of the Terell Stafford Quintet, touring extensively with the group and featured on its last five recordings.


Mr. Hall is the leader of a number of ensembles and creative projects including The Dana Hall/Nick Mazzarella Duo; The Dana Hall Quintet; Polyglot, a quartet devoted to improvised and extemporaneously composed works; Black Fire, a project principally dedicated to performing and reimagining the music of pianist Andrew Hill; spring, a dynamic musical endeavor featuring two multi-instrumentalist woodwind specialists, acoustic bass, and his own drums, cymbals, mbira, and electronics; and Black Ark Movement, a project that sonically explores and excavates socio-political musical movements in Black metropolises.  Mr. Hall is also the former Music and Artistic Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

In addition, Mr. Hall is an award-winning composer and arranger. In June 2015, he presented a newly commissioned, multi-disciplinary work as part of the 2014-2015 Jazz at Symphony Center Series. 


Dana Hall uses, endorses, and is sponsored by Yamaha Drums, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.

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Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been recognized as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine). Her voice is “radiant…strong and coolly expressive. She sings with a maturity marked by restraint and nuance” (Neil Tesser, Grammy Award-winning writer and critic).

Alyssa recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition held in Washington D.C. She was also named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago, a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition.

Her debut album, “Out of the Blue”, reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. The album received wide critical acclaim and was hailed as a “Best Release of 2016” by eight different publications, including The Huffington Post, All About Jazz and The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Alyssa’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing.





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