The Jazz Session #635: Allison Au

Saxophonist Allison Au’s new album is called Migrations. On it, she explores her family’s history of migration, and by extension the plight of migrants everywhere. In this interview, Allison talks about the album’s spoken word and sung elements; her family history and how it impacted the work; the arranging challenges presented by the presence of strings; and more.

Allison was previously on The Jazz Session in 2016. Listen to that interview.


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