Marcia Z. Allen & Friends
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Marcia Z. Allen & Friends

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"Jazz Singer a hit @ Ashman Court's "Crossings""

Of singing, said the Flint resident in a telephone interview this week. "I got it from watching a lot of music and variety shows. I was always fascinated by the beautiful sounds coming out of those ladies' mouths."
Then at age 12, Allen traveled to Boston, where she saw and heard a live jazz trio. "That solidified my determination to sing this music."

"Most of my learning experiences have been simply from listening to my favorite singers and great musicians. I continue to listen and try to improve my skills."
And she credits faith. ."God decided to bless me...because I asked. I said I wanted to be a singer." She got her request.

"I've wanted to do this (sing). It's been my passion...all my life.




- Midland Daily News-Steve Griffin


"19th Annual Flint Jazz Festival"

Marcia Allen of Flint performs with local pianist, Pat Cronley, during the 10th annual Flint Jazz Festival in Riverbank Park. - Flint Journal/Flint, MI


"Jazz is her Game "Marcia Allen is her name and singing's her claim to fame"

Marcia Allen and the Motown sound were born at roughly the same time. One was in Flint, the other in Detroit. I like R&B,...all the old hits, but that isn't what I want to sing. I just don't feel the same when I'm singing them."

...discovered by Lansing jazzman Sandy Izenson.

Allen had to approach this slowly. WE haven't been together that often and haven't had a chance to develop a repertoire." Still, the resulst are impressive. During a recent Michgan Festival performance, Allen displayed a voice worth remembering. - Lansing State Journal/Mike Hughes


Discography

The Road to Love (2007); Soft & Sultry (2007); Live @ Spencer's-2006

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Marcia’s vocals are deeply rooted in Jazz with noticeable influences from gospel and R&B. The majority of her repertoire includes jazz standards, classic, melodic blues and select smooth jazz pieces. The band is comprised of 3 superior musicians, whom are able to play anything from Ragtime to classic Rock. They all hail from and currently live in Michigan...but will travel far and wide for a decent gig! All have performed throughout Michigan; Naples, Florida, Toledo Ohio, Louisville, KY and other states and cities in various sized venues.

Some of Marcia & Friends performances include:
Marcia & Pat Cronley--6:30 -Art @ the Market-Flint, MI Friday, March 28-2008

Feb/March/April 2008--Marcia-Featured with Johnny Trudell Jazz Legends @Motor City Casino- Chromatics Lounge, Detroit, MI

Sept. 2007-April 2008-Marcia as Featured Vocalist w/Jerry McKenzie Trio @ Nikolas, Southfield, MI

Jan. 2008-Ongoing-Marcia & Friends@ Spencers on Gratiot, Saginaw, MI (See website for dates --www.spencersfinefood.com.)

January 2007 through August 2007--Wednesdays (ongoing- weekly) Beach House Grill /Flint, MI

Feb 10, 2007-State Theatre, Bay City, MI-Valentines Day Concert-"Soft & Sultry"

April 20, 2007 - State Theatre, Bay City, MI --(Lead Background Singer) Leo Days & His Majesty’s Show Band

Nov/Dec. 2006 ; Feb 14, 2007—Davenport Inn, Saginaw, MI

Summer 2007/2006/2005- Tunes@Noon Summer Series/ Flint, MI
August 2006 Lansing Old Town Jazz/Blues Festival, Lansing, MI
July 2006 Fun In The Sun Festival, Bay City, MI
April-Dec-2006 Ashman Court Hotel-Crossings Lounge, Midland, MI
2004–2008 -- Spencer’s on Gratiot/Saginaw, MI
2002-2006 Cappucinno Café’s/Lansing, MI
2004-2005 Edoardo’s North/Grand Blanc, MI
2003-2004 Sweet Georgia Brown’s/Detroit, MI
August 2003 – “The Club at the Ritz”/ Naples, Florida