Madeleine Peyroux Enchants With First Best-Of Compilation

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Singer Madeleine Peyroux in New York in 2006. (AP/Jim Cooper)
Singer Madeleine Peyroux in New York in 2006. (AP/Jim Cooper)

For more than 20 years, jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux has been reminding us that, as she puts it, "the only thing that matters is the song."

Peyroux got her start as a street performer in Paris when she was just a teenager, singing the music of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. That's also where she began shaping her own repertoire, and a vocal style that's both smooth and richly textured.

At a performance Sunday night at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Peyroux covered a mix songs by Leonard Cohen, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Bessie Smith. She closed with Warren Zevon's "Keep Me In Your Heart," which is the title track of Peyroux's first best-of compilation, released last fall.


Madeleine Peyroux, jazz/blues singer and songwriter. She tweets @mpeyrouxmusic.

This segment aired on June 29, 2015.


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