Karrin is an internationally aclaimed pianist and singer with thirteen albums on the Concord Jazz label, four Grammy nominations and appearances all over the world. Allyson is noted both for the warmth and sincerity of her performing style and the breadth of her repertoire, which embraces the Great American Songbook, Brazilian Bossa Nova, French Chanson, the great classic jazz composers — Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, John Coltrane as well as sympathetic and imaginative treatment of the great singer-songwriters — Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, all the way to Jimmy Webb and Elton John.
“Whether in master classes, group workshops, or private lessons, learning from Karrin is a joy and a revelation. She meets you where you are, musically, and her superb teaching, high expectations, and sense of humor enable you to accomplish more than you could have imagined. Taking lessons with Karrin is one of my life’s greatest pleasures!” – Susan Brison
“Karrin has a no nonsense approach to teaching but also with gentle instruction. This is a great combination of taking us students seriously and guiding us to better performances. A wonderful way to learn!” – Rosemary Miller
“Karrin is a very warm, compassionate teacher. Her teaching is effective and she always gives me valuable input.” – Hiroko Kanna
“I am learning how to communicate with my band mates on stage – she’s teaching me how to lead my band. I feel her love of the music through her teaching- that’s why I like to spend time with Karrin!” – Asako Takasaki