Scull and Martin play LodeStar

The title of Allison Scull and Victor Martin's 2010 album best describes their music — "Cool Like the Breeze."

The pair, based out of Dunsmuir, Calif., has slowly eased its way into the regional jazz scene, playing original jazz infused with lyrical saxophone, subtle guitar rhythms and Scull's sultry vocals.

The dynamic duo will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at LodeStar, 105 W. California St., Jacksonville.

Scull was first a folk singer before converting to jazz. For her debut album "Allison St.," released in 1998, she asked Martin to play background saxophone in the song "Mirror Me, Mirror You." Soon after, the duo realized its musical potential.

Martin was introduced to saxophone in his pre-teen years, a hobby that carried him to The Music School of Delaware in Wilmington, Del. He later joined the Army and played with the 9th Infantry Rock Band out of Fort Lewis, Wash.

Together, the duo has released three albums — "From the Back Burner" (2002), "Allison Scull and Victor Martin Live" (2006) and "Cool Like the Breeze" (2010).

The latter album is characterized by groovy jazz, Latin overtones and a full band, featuring several Southern Oregon musicians, including drummer Tom Stamper, percussionist Theresa McCoy, pianist Ford Sterling and bassist Jeff Addicott. Other guest artists are bassist Glenn Richman and pianist Grant Levin.

"Cool Like the Breeze" comprises seven original songs, as well as "Miss Celie's Blues," first heard in the movie "The Color Purple," and "Summertime," by George Gershwin. Scull sings both French and English verses in the album.

"She sends all the guys to lala land," says Martin.

There is no cover to the show at LodeStar. For more information, call 541-702-2400 or see

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