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Between Blues and Jazz: Madeleine Peyroux
November 18, 2009   
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Her smoke-and-whisky voice is reminiscent of Billie Holiday and her music straddles blues and jazz. American singer Madeleine Peyroux is headed for Poland for one concert only at Warsaw's Klub Palladium Nov. 26 to promote her latest album, Bare Bones.

Born in Georgia in the United States, Peyroux went to live with her mother in Paris, France, when she was 13. Two years later, she joined the Riverboat Shufflers, a group of street musicians. When she was 16, she joined The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and spent the next few years traveling around Europe singing jazz standards.

The track listing of her debut album Dreamlands (1996) was a roll call of carefully selected covers like Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" and Édith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose." It sold around 200,000 copies, received enthusiastic reviews and led to invitations to open concerts for the likes of Sarah McLachlan and Cesária Évora.

Madeleine Peyroux, it seemed, had arrived. But Peyroux eschewed a meteoric rise in favor of going back to Paris and honing her craft on the streets, although she did sing in clubs and contribute to other artists' projects occasionally.

It was to be eight years before her second album hit the racks. Careless Love (2004), marked the start of her collaboration with the Rounder label and producer Larry Klein. Careless Love featured Peyroux's versions of songs by artists like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Elliott Smith as well as one of her own compositions, "Don't Wait Too Long." Fortunately, we did not have to wait another eight years for Peyroux's next album, Half the Perfect World (2006).

Her latest album, Bare Bones, came out in March this year and was hailed by critics as a turning point in Peyroux's career. Every track is an original and Madeleine had a hand in writing every one of them. The singer herself describes the album as the fulfillment of a dream.

Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.
Klub Palladium, 9 Z³ota St., Warsaw
Tickets: zl.120 z³ (standing); zl.160 (seated)
Tickets also available online at www.eventim.pl, www.ticketonline.pl
For more details, go to www.palladium.art.pl
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