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Allison Scull and Victor Martin

Allison Scull and Victor Martin's most recent album, "Cool Like the Breeze," has the potential to whisk away folk and jazz aficionados alike.

The Dunsmuir, Calif., duo has been performing together for nearly 10 years, blending jazz and folk with Latin and European elements, and occasional French lyrics.

The pair will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Avalon Bar and Grill in Talent.

"Cool Like the Breeze," released in January, features Scull's guitar and vocal stylings and Martin's saxophone chops as well as the musicianship of several Southern Oregonians, including drummer Tom Stamper, percussionist Theresa McCoy, pianist Ford Sterling and bassist Jeff Addicott.

“I think it (the album) shows (our) maturity as writers and arrangers,” says Martin.

The album features seven original tunes and two covers — "Miss Celie's Blues," first heard in the movie "The Color Purple," and "Summertime," by George Gershwin.

"Cool Like the Breeze," is the duo's third album and contains more piano, electric bass and jazzier arrangements than their previous two albums, "From the Back Burner" (2002) and "Allison Scull and Victor Martin Live" (2006).

"It's a fairly laid back sound," says Scull. "It's a mix of upbeat and melancholy."

Scull says her musical career started with singing to Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens tunes around the house. Scull, who tended more toward folk, attended the San Diego School of Performing Arts and later, she asked Martin, who had seen her perform, to play saxophone in the song “Mirror Me, Mirror You” on her first album, "Allison St."

Victor's lifelong love affair with jazz began when his mother gave him a sax. He decided to play trumpet instead, thinking three keys would be easier, but when that theory proved false, he returned to the sax. He attended Wilmington School of Music in Delaware before joining the army and playing with the 9th Infantry Rock Band stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He also played in the R&B band Sound Advice and in a jazz duo with Rick Garrett.

Victor and Scull have decided to dedicate their Avalon show to the late Jim Calhoun, who accompanied them on their album, “From the Back Burner.” Cover for the show is $5. For more information, call 541-512-8864.

Guitarist and vocalist Allison Scull and saxophonist Victor Martin will perform Wednesday at the Avalon Bar and Grill in Talent. - Photo by Lani Phillips