Luther S. Allison Quintet ft. Imani Rousselle

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Blue LLama Jazz Club, Main St, Ann Arbor

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina Luther S. Allison is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in both piano and drum set. In 2017 Allison earned his BM in Studio Music & Jazz from The University of Tennessee and his MM in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University in 2019. Upon graduation, Allison moved to New York City where he quickly became a regular on the bandstand at some of the city’s premiere jazz clubs including Dizzy’s, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Standard, Mezzrow, Smoke Jazz Club, and Minton’s. Allison has performed nationally and internationally alongside the likes of Rodney Whitaker, Jazzmeia Horn, The Baylor Project, Samara Joy, Gregory Tardy, Ulysses Owens Jr. and many more. Outside of his work as a sideman, Allison band-leads his trio, sextet, and octet featuring original compositions and arrangements rooted in his influences from R&B, country, and gospel. Additionally, Allison co-leads a project with dancer John Manzari. Allison accredits a great deal of his compositional inspiration and musical development to his experience playing in the black church along with the sounds of Earth Wind & Fire, Anita Baker, Sly and The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and many others playing in his household throughout his upbringing.

Michael Reed is a drummer originally from Toledo, OH, currently based in Michigan, and has been primarily touring with Rodney Whitaker and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn.

Bassist Jonathon Müir-Cotton hails from Ann Arbor, MI, but can be seen often on the road with Joe Fansworth and Christian Sands.

Trumpeter Brandon Woody is one of the leaders of the Baltimore jazz scene and is a consummate band leader and sideperson.