Count me as a new convert to the increasing number of people who think Madeleine Peyrox (Pey - roux) is one of the great talents on the jazz scene. Have enjoyed her records for several years, but gained a whole new appreciation for her gifts after seeing her perform at the AT&T's Wyly Theatre Thursday night.
The Georgia-born, Brooklyn-raised chantuse didn't perform any tunes I knew well, but the set list was never dull. She opened with the late Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love," creating a light, breezy atmosphere that continued through the set list.
Peyroux began playing her mother's ukulele when she was just a child. When her parents divorced, she moved to Paris with her mother, where she cut her musical chops, playing with street musicians in the Latin Quarter and later spent several years touring the continent.
In addition to her gloriously pitch-perfect voice that obeys her every command, Peyroux seems to be connected to every note, whether she is singing or watching her very talented quartet perform. It's as if she is electrified by the sound. In a good, enchanted way.
The musicians traveling with Peyroux were outstanding, moving with her through difficult arrangements with a practiced ease. I especially liked the pianist and upright bass player. While jazz has always seemed a little too frantic for me, these guys slowed it down and made it flow dreamily over the audience.
Peyroux has released six records since 1994, but she's not exactly a household name. If she keeps giving shows like the one at the Wyly, she'll develop a wide and loyal fan base. I would drive into the city for a repeat performance.
Kudos to the Wyly. The sound was fabulous. The venue's intimatcy really lent warmth to the evening.
TITAS 2012-2013 lineup to feature a diverseand exciting roster
of international artists:
The Ahn Trio in Concert, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bella Gaia, Marc Broussard in Concert, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Doug Varone and Dancers, The Joffrey Ballet, Brazil’s Grupo Corpo Dance Company, Mexico’s Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, and TITAS’ Command Performance Gala Performance.
For dates and times of each upcoming performance, please call the box office at 214-880-0202 or visit www.attpac.org
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