We are thrilled to present the lovely Phoebe Legere, who has been compared to “Edith Piaf meet Little Richard.” Reservations are suggested. An art presentation of her works will precede the concert by Phoebe and her accompanist on Wednesday, May 17th, from 6-8 pm.
PHOEBE LEGERE fronts a family-friendly ensemble that blends elements of Americana, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, country, folk and blues into a spicy gumbo. A standard bearer of the Acadian-Cajun renaissance, Legere is descended from one of the original Acadian families in North America. Phoebe Legere plays seven instruments. She is an award-winning accordion player, virtuoso piano player, a rural folk blues guitar stylist, and an award-winning songwriter.
Phoebe has released 17 CDs of original and traditional music, and her latest album is HEART OF LOVE, and on the charts on Americana radio. She appears on HBO’s documentary IT’S ME HILARY. Her original song “Hip Hop Frog,” a song about the environment, was licensed by HBO. Legere’s paintings and drawings are in museums and major collections. Ms. Legere is, currently, creating a new all-French album, in Monreal. Legere opened for David Bowie on his national tour in 1991. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2000.
The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”
This highly regarded “musicians musician” has said that the death of the record business is a much needed correction. “Right now musicians have a golden opportunity. For the first time we can shape our own careers. Musicians are no longer the slaves of music corporations. We are free to invent the music we hear in our hearts today, and invent new ways to deliver it to the listeners of tomorrow.”
New York Post
“Gorgeous, blonde bombshell with a dynamite body, a magnificent voice, a wild sense of humor…(She is) an extremely intelligent Vassar graduate who can play four or five instruments and challenge every premise you might have about her as she zips through her set – her song selections are impeccably chosen. (She has) a dazzling voice – a superb singer miles above most of the jazz stars of today …a comic mind…She turns excess and extravagance into an art form and anchors it with stunning simplicity. ”
Phoebe has a zest of living, and is known as a downtown New York City artist. Musically, she is really an American treasure. Phoebe and her Canadian cousin Ray (a bluegrass performer) have a cajun EP, ACADIAN MOON now on over 40 stations in Canada. They’re working now on a French language EP for all French territories.