Jackie Allen’s new album, “Rose Fingered Dawn,” takes on some special significance for her. Her husband, Hans Sturm, wrote the lyrics and music on all 10 tracks.
“He did everything,” the jazz singer said of Sturm, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln music professor and Meadowlark Music Festival executive director. “He did it explicitly for me. Wow, how lovely is that for a singer? He’s not a only a husband, but he writes songs for you, too.”
The self-produced “Rose Fingered Dawn” releases Friday with Allen, who has made her home in Lincoln with Hans and their son, Wolfgang, for the last six years, performing twice in the coming weeks to promote it.
She’ll sing a cut (or two) when her Torch Singers 101 class performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cottonwood Cafe Bistro Bar, 440 S. 11th St., and will be on stage with Sturm during his faculty recital at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Westbrook Music Building, 11th and R streets.
Both concerts are free. Allen has taught the torch singing class, in which amateur singers learn jazz standards and then perform them live, since arriving in Lincoln.
Her new CD, her first since 2014, features her working band, Sturm (bass), Lincoln’s Tom Larson (keyboards), John Moulder (guitar) and Dane Richeson (percussion), as well as guest horn section: Geoff Bradfield (saxophone), Victor Garcia (trumpet) and Andy Baker (trombone).
“Some of these (songs) go back quite a ways,” she said. “(Hans) wrote ‘Dark Butterflies’ for me when we were dating, and others we’ve had in our repertoire but haven’t recorded.”
Other highlights among the tracks include “Bel Air BBQ,” Sturm’s tribute to Kansas City barbecue that’s already been getting radio airplay, and “The Laugh That is You,” which was inspired by the couple’s son. The song has a definitive 1960s sound to it, with Allen saying the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David influenced Sturm for it.
Two others have a New Orleans feel to them, including “NOLA Love Song” and “Holy Man,” a number about a televangelist, while “Sweet Dreams” is a quiet lullaby with soft chanting from Allen.
The new record is available through Allen’s website at jackieallen.com.