Performing Arts: Eclectic Jazz at Strathmore

Singer Madeleine Peyroux has a sound and style that mixes various genres and experiences.
By Ericha Richards

Madeleine Peyroux to perform at Strathmore Music Center in September

Eponymous jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will be performing on September 30th at in Bethesda at the Strathmore’s Music Center. With an opening act by Nellie McKay, Peyroux will be performing tracks from her newly released 2011 album Standing on the Rooftop. The album is filled with tracks that dabble in genres such as jazz, pop, country, blues and more. The artist uses growing up all around the world, from Athens, Georgia to  Southern California to Paris to Brooklyn, as her muse to create a dynamic sound.

Nellie McKay will open for Madeleine Peyroux at Strathmore this September.

Standing on the Rooftop is Peyroux’s sixth studio album made up of eight original compositions, three covers, and a remake of the poem “Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love” by W.H. Auden. Nellie McKay brings a large resume to the table as well, having won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the Broadway play The Threepenny Opera. She has also appeared in the film P.S. I Love You, composed original pieces for Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It, and has contributed to the soundtrack of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

The performance of Meyroux and McKay is a part of the Strathmore’s Celebrating American Composers, a year-long dedication to  home-grown talents that have shaped American music and contributed to the diverse genres that have been born in this country. The performance will take place on Friday September 30th, at 8 pm in the Music Center.

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