Thursday, August 27, 2009

8/28: Mose Allison at Nighttown

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Mississippi-born jazz pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison has influenced countless musicians, including the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Clash. He’s penned more than 150 songs — most of them combining sharp, caustic wit with a great sense of irony. “Your Mind Is on Vacation” admonishes an acquaintance for blabbering on; “Getting There” gently mocks the fact that he hasn’t lost all hope — yet. Allison hasn’t released any new material since 2002, but he still performs regularly, despite being 81 years old. Expect to hear a mix of originals and standards at his shows. Like most elder statesmen of jazz, Allison doesn’t follow a fixed set list, preferring instead to be inspired by his audience. He plays at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at Nighttown (12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216.795.0550). Tickets: $20. — Ernest Barteldes


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