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About

Allison and Victor's Sound

A jazzy, soulful sound combining sultry vocals, a rhythmic guitar groove, lyrical saxophone lines with original material and engaging personality.

Instrumentation

Allison Scull: Vocals, guitar
Victor Martin: Saxophone, vocals, and shaker

Although Allison and Victor often play as a duo, they love to play with their larger band

Additional Musicians Include:
Stefan Schittko on keyboards
Stefan often joins Allison and Victor adding whole another layer of sound. Originally from Germany, Stefan Schittko has had a lifelong love affair with jazz and has been inspired by artists such as Herbie Hancock and Weather Report. Currently living in Mt Shasta, Stefan performs regularly with the R&B band Sound Advice and has played in the the Ted Taforo Jazz Collective, and Sound Farm. A


Mike Harris on percussion
talented multi-instrumentalist—Mike Harris from Igo, California, will bring his steady supply of earthy rhythms and grooves on percussion, his instrument of choice.

Joe Furnari on percussion
Joe is featured in Allison and Victor's LIVE CD. He also performs with a group called Left Hook and is a former member of Latin Rock band Majical of Redding. Joe is also a celebrated chef and his his own business making homemade sausage.

John Aviani on drums
and more....

Biography

Allison, a former folk singer who has taken a decidedly jazzy turn, has been singing, composing and playing guitar most of her adult life. She met Victor, a jazz saxophonist, vocalist and arranger, a few years ago when he was invited to play in her one-girl band. The match was unmistakable. Blending roots music with a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, and a little funk and R&B, originals and some classic jazz standards laced with some French lyrics, they put an entirely new twist on contemporary music.
Together they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. Allison learned French alongside her sisters, where she grew up in Belgium. Victor was born and raised on the East Coast in Delaware.

One of twins, Allison was raised in Belgium and La Jolla, California. She found her musical future in a choir class at the San Diego School of Performing Arts. With the release of "Allison St.," her first CD--a journey of self-discovery--Allison culminated a lifelong dream to create and publish her own style of music. This album is characterized as having neo-folk sound, with some Latin overtones and a hint of jazz. Combining French and English lyrics, a wide range in vocals and unexpected changes in the music, the album was a success.


Victor was born and raised on the East Coast, but has lived in the Mount Shasta area of Northern California for many years. He was introduced to the saxophone in junior high school, beginning a love affair that carried him to the Wilmington School of Music in Delaware and from there to the Army, where he played and toured with the 9th Infantry Rock Band while stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. Victor's sound is deeply satisfying, and he is willing to break barriers and take the sound to its fullest.


When Victor first saw Allison performing, he liked her style. Sharing a love of jazz, it was inevitable that Allison would ask Victor to perform on her first CD "Allison St.", where he adds his own warm tones and lyrical phrasings to "Mirror Me, Mirror You". As they performed together through the West Coast, their respective styles have joined to create a new sound leaning more towards a roots/jazz music style. This can be heard in their "Live" CD 2006 and their 2002 release "From the Back Burner". Their most recent release, “Cool like the Breeze” in 2011, features a full band and highlights the best of their collaborative efforts, where Allison and Victor wrote and arranged all of their tunes.

With their busy performance schedule, they have made a splash in the wine country of California and Oregon and throughout the West Coast. This duo has shared the stage with the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Acoustic Alchemy, and blues legend John Hammond. Their aim is create a feeling of inclusion for people of all walks of life with their music and they feel it is a privilege to do so.

The Artists:

Allison and Victor were the "Music Pick" for the Spring Edition of Southern Oregon Magazine 2015! and featured again in the Summer Edition, 2016.

Voted as the "Music Pick" in the Spring Edition of Southern Oregon Magazine 2015, Allison Scull and Victor Martin's unusual collaborative style--singer-songwriter plus saxophone--connects grown-ups and little people alike.


As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base on the West Coast. Their music has also struck a chord in the wine country of Northern California and Oregon as well as the festival circuit. Mostly performing as a duo, they have also developed a show with a stellar array of musicians.

Allison and Victor have performed at the longest running festival on the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Coast Music Festival. Other festivals include Nor Cal? Jazz Festival, Art and the Vineyard (Eugene, OR), the Napa Artisan's Festival, the Shasta Yama? Festival (Mt. Shasta, CA) a Taste of Redding and more. They also have perform at State Fairs and other venues including Lassen National Volcanic Park, the famed Derby and Genghis Cohen in Hollywood, and even an Olive Oil Company. Allison and Victor also perform for house concerts and private parties.

This duo, along with Allison's twin sister, Suzanne, organize Jazz in the Canyon, a four day, multi-venue event spanning over the fourth of July holiday in the historic train town of Dunsmuir, CA. Stay tuned for more details.


Allison and Victor have released several C Ds?, From the Back Burner, Allison Scull and Victor Martin Live, and their most recent Cool Like The Breeze CD. They are laying the ground work for their next CD currently.




Discography

Cool like the Breeze 2010
Allison Scull and Victor Martin LIVE 2006
From the Back Burner:
Allison Scull and Victor Martin 2002
Allison St.: Allison Scull, solo album, 1998
Mind over Matter, Victor Martin, R&B sound, 1995

Radio Coverage

KSYC, Yreka, CA
KZRO, Mt. Shasta, CA
KZFR, Chico, CA
KCHO, Chico,CA (I-5 Alive show)
KRBS, Orland. CA
KWCA, Weaverville, CA
KNND, Cottage Grove, OR
KLCC, Eugene. OR
KMUD. Arcata, CA
KHSU, Arcata, CA
KHUM, Arcata, CA
KTHO, Lake Tahoe, CA
Jefferson Pub. Radio, CA and OR
KTDE, Sea Ranch, CA
KFPR, Redding, CA

Television Coverage

Siskiyou TV
NBC San Diego Channel 39/7: Live Performances 4/22/04 & 5/13/06
MCTV15, Weed, CA, Live Performance
Song "Indian J.D." used for Siskiyou Arts Council video "Art Giving Heart"