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Celebrate Valentine’s Day (a day early) in the historic Rococo Theatre with vocalist Jackie Allen as she performs a sensual evening of live jazz backed by a national all-star quintet. Praised as “romantic and poetic” by Rolling Stone, Allen sings timeless love songs in her signature sultry style. A single performance, presented by the Lied Center, will take place at the Rococo Theatre Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Described as utterly distinctive and even innovative by Billboard magazine, Jackie is renowned for her transcendent interpretations. Her extraordinary talent has taken her on multiple tours of Europe, North Africa, South America and Asia. Nationally she has toured both coasts and in-between appearing in Los Angeles at Catalina’s, San Francisco at Yoshi’s, San Diego at Humphrey’s, Minneapolis at the Dakota, Chicago at the Jazz Showcase and the Chicago Theater and New York City at The Blue Note and The Josef Papp Public Theater.

Jackie began her professional career performing with the legendary pianist/organist Melvin Rhyne (Wes Montgomery Trio) for four years before moving to Chicago. There she began her recording career, recording for independent and major labels including Lake Shore Jazz, Naxos Jazz, A440, Red Mark, Blue Note Records and others. Jackie met “Chicago’s First Lady of Jazz” pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts and began a long musical relationship recording two CDs, Santa Baby and Autumn Leaves. Jackie and her own combo recorded three critically acclaimed CDs for A440 and Blue Note: The Men In My Life (2003), Love Is Blue (2004) and Tangled (2006). Her 2009 release, Starry Night, was recorded live with chamber orchestra and features star-themed songs penned by arrangers who have written for Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin. My Favorite Color (2014) features innovative takes on jazz standards and pop classics and was listed in USA Today’s Top Ten List. She is currently working on her 11th album, Moon’s On The Rise, a collection of original songs, to be released later this year.

On Feb. 13, Allen will be joined on stage by Bob Sheppard (special guest), John Moulder (guitar), Benjamin Lewis (keyboard), Hans Sturm (double bass), and Dane Richeson (drums/percussion).