Pianist, singer, and composer Mose Allison has been recording for more than 35 years and few musicians have had greater impact as a stylist or songwriter. A major influence on a wide range of blues and roots artists, he has influenced as many or more rock legends as well, including Van Morrison, John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Clash, Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt. His songs are a fusion of rustic blues and jazz, embellished with profound and often humorous lyrics. As a pianist, while admiring jazz masters Bud Powell and Lenny Tristano, he also learned from composers such as Bartok, Ives, Hindemith and Ruggles.
The Shedd Institute welcomes Allison back for his 3rd visit in four years.