Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aimée Allen's intimate connection with music began as a child. Her childhood was literally scored with classic jazz, because her mother kept selections from the tradition on the family turntable. This influence can be heard in Aimée's musical style and interpretation.
But listeners can also hear Aimée's individual voice, nuanced and sparkling with soul and sensuality. Though singing was a part of her childhood, Aimée first began singing professionally with jazz a cappella groups in college. After graduation, Aimée moved to Paris where she performed regularly in jazz clubs and festivals. The deep relationship between the francophone audiences and Brazilian bossa nova, led Aimée to form Les Bossa Novices, a Paris-based group dedicated to bossa and jazz.
Aimée now performs regularly in New York City and abroad. Standards and bossa are part of her repertoire, but now an accomplished composer, she also sings her original songs, many of which have become audience favorites. Her original music has also been licensed for feature film and network television.
Aimée's new album, Matter of Time, released May 2015, features master Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, François Moutin on bass, Toru Dodo on piano, and Jacob Melchior on drums. The album is an exciting and soulful collection of Aimée’s new compositions, unconventional interpretations of standards, and special selections featuring Aimée and Romero in duo.
Aimée's previous CD, Winters & Mays is that rare combination of soulful, sensitive, and swinging. It is a collection of thoughtful original songs and reinterpretations of hand-picked gems, demonstrating Aimée's versatility through jazz, bossa, blues, tango, ballads and even pop. Winters & Mays was released on Azuline Music in 2011 to wide critical acclaim.
Aimée's second CD, l’Inexplicable, was the fruit of her trans-continental musical experiences and her talents as a writer. It is a collection of warm, soulful, jazz-pop originals blending African rhythms, Brazilian bossa, and classic jazz influences. Nearly all the tracks were written by Aimée and are sung in French. l’Inexplicablewas released in Japan in 2008 on Vivid Sound and in Europe on Schubert Music. Aimée's original compositions from this album have been licensed for use in film and network television.
On her debut release, Dream, Aimée offered inspired interpretations of jazz standards, familiar bossa nova classics and one original composition. In keeping with her experiences, Dream includes vocals in English, French, and Portuguese.