Madeleine Peyroux has a serious Billie Holiday fixation. Which is fine because although they share an affinity for sly, slinky blues and jazz, Peyroux continues to assert her own personality. Most recently that was via the original compositions that prevailed on last year's Bare Bones, often dealing with, as one song is titled, "Love and Treachery." A few more contemporary grooves emerged there, particularly the jaunty "You Can't Do Me," written with Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Larry Klein. Still, Peyroux's phrasing, vintage jazz inclinations, and the timbre of her voice are sometimes uncannily like Holiday's. Although she's from Georgia, Peyroux essentially found her voice busking on the streets of Paris, an essence still permeating her music.
Mondays, Tuesdays, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: April 12. Continues through April 13, 2010