Mose Allison's voice is as cool and sweet as a tall glass of iced tea on a blistering-hot summer day. But with that sweetness comes a satirical bite, at times obvious and at others subtle, giving his songs a depth unusual to many nightclub singers. In 50+ years of performing, his casually barbed lyrics and delta blues piano have inspired many, in the US and Britain. The Who's Pete Townshend once said of Allison: "The man's voice was heaven. So cool, so decisively hip I felt him to be the epitome of restrained, screaming power." Other genre-bending artists to cite his influence include Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, who in 1996 released an entire album of Allison's songs.
Tue., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2009