Madeleine Peyroux Takes the Sweet Jazz of ‘The Blue Room’ on Tour
Madeleine Peyroux will play a slew of dates in North American and Europe throughout the coming months to support her upcoming new album.
The tour will kick off with show at Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y., and she will be on the road at least through a scheduled two-night stand May 31-June 1 at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto. Other cities she will visit between those dates are Alexandria, Va.; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Chicago; Barcelona; La Coruna, Spain; London; Coutances, France and Paris. There will be two New York Shows at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, two Minneapolis shows, both at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant (April 2-3), and Peyroux will perform three nights at Ronnie Scott’s in London (April 29-30).
All of these dates will be in support of her new album, The Blue Room, which is set to be released next Tuesday, March 5. The album finds Peyroux recording many of the songs on Ray Charles’ legendary 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. However, instead of copying Charles’ distinct style, Peyroux decided to interpret the songs in her own, also distinct, style. She worked on the album with her long time collaborator Larry Klein.
This will be Peyroux’s first album since her 2011 effort Standing on the Rooftop. Most of the songs on that album found the jazz artist writing songs with a number of different songwriters including the Rolling Stone’s Bill Wyman. She also included three well-known covers: The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear,” Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain” and Bob Dylan’s “I Threw it All Away.”
She released her first album, Dreamland, in 1996. That album sold more than 200,000 copies around the world, an impressive feat for an at the time unknown jazz singer. The album featured two Bessie Smith covers, as well as an interpretation of the classic Patsy Cline song, “Walkin’ After Midnight.”