Aimée Allen’s intimate connection with music began as a child. Her childhood was literally scored with classic jazz, because of her mother’s intense love of the music. The influence of the jazz tradition can be heard in Aimée’s musical style and interpretation choices. But Aimée’s listeners can also hear her individual voice, nuanced and sparkling with soul and sensuality. Aimée first began singing professionally in college. As a student at Yale University Aimée was an active member and soloist with jazz a cappella groups. After college, Aimée lived in Paris where she performed regularly. The close relationship between the francophone audiences and Brazilian bossa nova, long one of Aimée’s musical loves, led Aimée to form Les Bossa Novices, a Paris-based group dedicated to bossa and jazz. Aimée went on to earn law degrees from Columbia University and the Sorbonne in Paris, all the while continuing to perform and hone her craft as a vocalist.
Now, as part of New York’s jazz community, Aimée continues to perform and record, infusing her craft with a personal and intimate style. She includes standards and bossa as part of her signature repertoire, but now has also become an accomplished composer, singing originals that are audience favorites.
Albums: Aimée’s third and latest CD, Winters & Mays is that rare combination of soulful, sensitive, and swinging. It is an eclectic collection of thoughtful original songs and reinterpretations of hand-picked gems, demonstrating the singer's versatility through jazz, bossa, blues, tango, even pop and poignant ballad.
The album features Aimée’s original compositions Eden Autumn and Noah Too (written for her nieces and nephew), Second Time Around, I’ll Get Along, and the spiritually cosmic Stardust Reunited. Aimée’s inspired lyric to the Pat Metheny composition Always and Forever is also included, with his permission, as a new title, Love Aloud. Aimée’s brother, composer and guitarist David E. Allen is the author of the rich, emotive ballad We Are in Love Again, and co-author with Aimée of That Day. In addition to Sting’s Fragile, the covers include a playful tongue-and-cheek medley of Bye Bye Blackbird and It Could Happen to You, the beautiful Henri Mancini ballad Two for the Road, and Dave Frishberg's sexy and commanding Peel Me A Grape.
Aimée's previous CD, l’Inexplicable, was the fruit her trans-continental experiences in music and her talents as a writer. The album is a collection of warm, soulful, jazz-pop originals blending African rhythms, Brazilian bossa, and classic American jazz. With one exception, all the selections on l’Inexplicable were written by Aimée, and each is sung in French. L’Inexplicable was released in Japan in 2008 under the independent label Vivid Sound and under the Schubert Music label in Europe also in 2008.
On Dream, Aimée’s debut release, Aimée offered inspired interpretations of jazz standards, familiar bossa nova classics and one original composition. In keeping with her worldly experience, Dream includes vocals in English, French, and Portuguese.