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Alison Marae blends jazz inflected vocals with an acoustic, vintage vibe. She’s inspired by early 20th century jazz, torch songs and the great ladies of jazz. She has performed internationally in Paris and London, as well as in Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. She plays a tenor and baritone ukulele and is accompanied by Wil Forbis on guitar.

Sounds like: Nora Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Nellie McKay, Diana Krall.

Alison’s debut album, My Heart Can’t Take It was nominated for a San Diego Music Award in 2014. With an intimate exploration of the heart, Alison’s songs touch on the subject of love; unspoken love, yearning, intimacy and heartache. Alison produced the album and penned four of the six songs on the album. She included several jazz standards from the 1930’s, a main source of her musical inspiration. It features her on voice, ukulele and piano. Released on independent label, Dizzy with a Dame Records. Recorded in San Diego at Archival Sound.

“Modern day music that harkens back to yesteryear, circa the 1920’s through the late 1950’s, jazzy as well as beautifully played and sung. Centered around Marae’s close mic’d voice and ukulele…it’s Marae’s voice that is the star attraction here. There is a melancholy air to the material here, with the title track in particular approaching torch song territory.” Bart Mendoza/San Diego Troubadour.

Available for download on Itunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Spotify.

Music and lyrics by Alison Marae (tracks 2,3,4,5)
Copyright 2012 Alison Marae Dunn. BMI
Music and lyrics by Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) (track 1)
Music and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh (track 6)

Instrumentation: Alison Marae: vocals: ukulele (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6), piano (3). Wil Forbis: guitar/guitar arrangements (1, 4, 6) melodica (4) Harley Magsino: upright bass (tracks 2, 3 ,5). Sky Ladd: piano/piano arrangement (2) Brian Demeulle: drums (2, 3) Don Shaffer: flugelhorn/flugelhorn arrangement (3) Produced by Alison Marae. Recorded and mastered at Archival Sound, San Diego. Album photography: Eliah Razo.

Live Excerpts

Music review by Bart Mendoza in The San Diego Troubadour 
Featured article in Italian online magazine, Live Trigger Magazine
Featured article in San Diego News

Highlighted PAST EVENTS 

Music Festivals

  • San Diego Botanic Garden Summer Concerts, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Hullabaloo Family Music Festival, Rancho Bernardo 2016.
  • San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Festival 2016.
  • San Diego Ukulele Festival 2015 (performance and workshop instructor).
  • Unplugged Music Festival, San Diego 2015, 2016.
  • San Diego Music Thing, 2014
  • Adams Ave Music Festival, 2014.
  • Libertopia Festival at Humphries by the Bay, 2013.

Music Tours

  • Portland, OR Music Tour, August 2017.
  • Pacific Northwest Music Tour August 2016
  • European Music Tour (Paris, London) Oct 2015.
  • Hawaii Music Tour July 2014.

Live performance: The Happy Hour San Diego 107.9 FM. Sept 2015

My Heart Can’t Take It (album)
Released 2013. San Diego Music Award Nomination, 2014.

Original Songs (registered with BMI)

  •  A Little Sunshine
  • Don’t Do Me Any Good
  • Don’t Look Away
  • Falling For You
  • Gotta Dance
  • How Do You Love
  • Kiss Me Good
  • Mother Earth
  • My Heart Can’t Take It
  • One World, United
  • Rhythm of My Heart
  • Shine
  • Wrong For Me

Vintage Jazz Standards

  • All of Me
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  • Comes Love
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
  • Georgia on my Mind
  • Goody Goody
  • I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)
  • It Had To Be You
  • It’s Only a Paper Moon
  • Love Me or Leave Me
  • Lover Come Back To Me
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Makin’ Whoopee
  • Mean to Me
  • On the Sunnyside of the Street
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Slow Boat to China
  • Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
  • Sugar (That Sugar Baby of Mine)
  • The Very Thought of You
  • Them There Eyes

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