American born, Allison is a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style, evoking the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

She has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra.

She frequently tours the UK with her Quartet, which also features acclaimed jazz pianist Leon Greening, bassist Julian Bury and drummer Steve Brown.

Her latest CD, I Wished on the Moon , released in January 2015 on the Trio Records label, features the quartet as well as Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.