City Winery has announced a special three-night stand this spring with Parisian jazz sensation Madeleine Peyroux. Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux’s one-of-a-kind voice, has carried the jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris to serious mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Her latest album, The Blue Room – which originated as a re-examination of Ray Charles’s watershed country & Western album – sees the genre-blending singer at a nexus of styles, blending jazz, blues, country and pop.
The free-spirited singer, songwriter and guitarist began her musical career as a teenager in Paris, when “drawn to the music of the streets,” she left high school and joined a touring blues and jazz band. Say Peyroux, “Someone gave me early Columbia recordings with Billie Holiday and instructed me to learn the songs.” Determined, Peyroux grasped not just the melody changes, choice of tone and phrasing, but the power of the iconic artist's presence. “It was by learning (Billie Holiday's) mannerisms that I was learning to listen to my own,” she explains.
Years later, her uncanny talent was spotted at a New York club by Atlantic Records’ Yves Beauvais, who signed her to the label and co-produced her 1996 debut album Dreamland. Peyroux’s dreamily husky voice enchanted punters and critics alike, but it was the 2004 Careless Love that proved to be a milestone release for the artist, bringing mainstream recognition and marking the start of a prolific collaboration with producer Larry Klein.
Peyroux will bring her inimitable style and iconic voice to City Winery for a special three-night engagement, April 25-27.
For tickets to the upcoming performance or for more information, call (312) 733-WINE (9463) or visit www.citywinery.com/chicago/.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Parisian jazz sensation Madeleine Peyroux will perform a three-night stand at Chicago's City Winery, April 25-27 this spring (photo courtesy of Ms. Peyroux).