"...beguiling…" - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"...a classic jazz singer...a powerful presence…" - John Callaway, WTTW-TV Network Chicago, PBS
- Barry Winograd, Host of Jazz Transfusion, WXRT 93.1FM and All Things Jazz, WDCB 90.9FM
Alison Ruble is a dynamic performer. She has established a reputation in jazz circles as a versatile singer with a warm, engaging sound and a respected bandleader with acclaimed groups. Her style and repertoire give a generous nod to the classic jazz standards, but also incorporate more modern strains, producing a poignant blend of music that is at once familiar and surprising. Chicago is currently home base, where she headlines at top jazz clubs—The Green Mill, Pops For Champagne, Katerina's and Pete Miller's—and where she showcases weekly at Andy's Jazz Club, playing a two-year plus residency that draws enthusiastic crowds and brings much notoriety.
With her debut release, This Is A Bird (Origin Records) in May 2008, she expands her work to a broader national and international audience. The project brings together some of the Chicago music scene's most forward thinking players for a set of re-envisioned jazz standards. Alison casts her rich alto in a variety of open ended settings that deftly reference classic jazz, even as she stretches the boundaries of "The Great American Songbook." She will begin touring with the project this year, making her first stop at the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in August 2008.
In the fall of 2006, she traveled to New York for her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut as a featured performer in the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 21st Anniversary Celebration, an acclaimed event highlighting the nation's top vocalists and jazz ensembles. She has performed for the NBC and ABC Morning News programs, WGN-TV Chicago network and starred with the world-renowned Jazz Ambassadors Big Band. She has held long-standing residencies at Chicago landmark rooms and five-star hotels: The Pump Room, The Coq D'or in the Drake Hotel, the Greenhouse in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Peninsula Hotel. She has opened major league sporting events by singing the National Anthem at Soldier Field for the Chicago Bears and at US Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox.
As a musical director, Alison has produced, directed and performed in a wide variety of shows and ensembles for numerous corporate and private clients. Her client roster represents a broad range of organizations and events. Recent highlights include honoring legendary director Robert Altman with music from his movies at the Chicago Film Critics Awards and providing musical direction for the USO of Illinois' Star-Spangled Salute Gala and the Pritzker Military Library Liberty Gala. Since 2003, Alison has been proud to serve as the Entertainment and Community Director for the USO of Illinois, a world-wide, non-profit organization dedicated to the support of men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information on special event bookings, please visit: www.thisisabirdproduction.com