Madeleine Peyroux, one of the greatest jazz vocalists of our times, returns to Athens for a jazz concert at the Christmas Theater (Galatsi Olympic Hall) on December 6.
Peyroux, whose previous appearances in Athens were much acclaimed by critics and enthralled the Athenian audience, will be presenting work from her new album entitled “ Anthem”, as well as old favourites from the course of her career.
Peyroux follows in the tradition of the great jazz singers of the 1930’s and is often referred to as “ the Billie Holiday of the 21st century”. She was born in Athens, Georgia, to a household of artistically inclined teachers and grew up in New York and southern California. At age 12, following the break-up of her parents, she moved to Paris with her mother. At age 15 she dropped out of school to follow a band of musicians playing on the streets of Parisian Quartier Latin. Through this experience she learned, in her own words, “ how to love the way her voice reverberated along the streets of Paris”; she also had the chance to sing jazz and blues classics by her beloved Billy Holiday. Soon afterwards, she became a member of Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, with whom she spent several years touring Europe and interpreting jazz compositions.
“ Anthem”, the work Peyroux will be presenting in Athens, is her eighth album.