A unique blend of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and much more are what make the music of singer/violinist Allie Taylor and guitarist Adam Kahana enticing. Allie Taylor (@allietay on Instagram), is a first year Graduate student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Masters of Music in Violin Performance and a Masters of Music in Improvisation. Allie is a 3-time DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award winner (in the Jazz Vocal and Pop/Rock/Blues categories), a 2-time semifinalist in the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Competition, the first place winner of the Allegro Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition, and has performed internationally, from London to India (where she studied Carnatic violin for a summer). During her Undergraduate career at the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.A. in Communications Studies, Allie interned with Askonas Holt, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Adam Kahana is a composer (of both the planned and the spontaneous kinds) from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born in Seattle, Washington, by way of Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, he currently lives in Ann Arbor, where he studies jazz guitar, data science, and business at the University of Michigan. Adam (@AdamKahanaMusic on Facebook) recently placed as a jazz semi-finalist in the 2018 Wilson Center Guitar Festival Competition, an international multi-genre competition open to all guitar students. His quartet also placed as a finalist in the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival Collegiate Combo Competition.
In addition to giving guitar lessons in the area, Adam can be seen performing around town with his own groups, as well as with the acclaimed Ann Arbor Guitar Trio: annarborguitartrio.com.