Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room; Sunday, June 30


Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room
Sunday, June 30, 2013

At the Rio Theatre

“… distinctive and intriguing.” – The Washington Post

Madeleine Peyroux has come a long way from her days of singing on the streets of Paris. Originally inspired by the great Billie Holiday, Peyroux has matured into a creative vocalist whose artistic curiosity knows no bounds. Recently, she has found a new muse in the legacy of the late Ray Charles, specifically Ray’s most popular and – at one time – controversial album,  Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. Her latest project, The Blue Room, revamps the music from Charles’ landmark recording, along with choice gems by songwriters Randy Newman, Warron Zevon, John Hartford, Leonard Cohen, and Buddy Holly. The album recently debuted as the #1 bestselling jazz album on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon. For Peyroux, music categories are irrelevant. For Madeleine, music categories are irrelevant.

Born in Georgia, in 1974, Madeleine Peyroux spent portions of her childhood in Brooklyn and Paris. She grew up hearing a wide variety of American performers, such as Fats Domino, Fats Waller, and Hank Williams, but it was jazz legend Billie Holiday who had the most profound influence on Madeleine. As a teenager, she ‘busked’ on the streets of Paris. It was a hard-scrabble way of learning how to perform in front of an audience, but proved to be a valuable experience. Although she wasn’t familiar with Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, she counts Ray Charles as another major influence through his hit songs, Georgia On My Mind and Hit The Road, Jack.

Initially, it was Peyroux’s producer, legendary GRAMMY-Award winner Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock), who suggested she use Charles’ Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music as material for a new project, and she jumped at the chance. Klein’s idea was to re-examine, and re-imagine, Modern Sounds, with Peyroux’s voice in mind, but The Blue Room developed well beyond being a tribute to Charles’ classic album. Instead, it reflects Peyroux’s eclectic tastes, encompassing a wonderful mix of additional songs by some of Peyroux’s, and Klein’s, favorite songwriters. The Blue Room also reflects her willingness to take chances with familiar material, exploring different pathways. It’s an approach that has worked well for her, erasing musical boundaries. As Madeleine puts it, “The only thing that matters is the song.”

Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room

DATE: Sunday, June 30, 2013
LOCATION: Rio Theatre
ADDRESS: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
TIME: 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $30/General Admission
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan


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