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REVIEW: Madeleine Peyroux @ the Shedd (Eugene, OR – 4/5/11)

7th Apr 11 (Thu) Leave a comment


Madeleine Peyroux has a new album coming out called Standin’ On the Rooftop.  The album, coming out June 7th on Decca, features Marc Ribot on guitar/banjo along with Me’shell Ndegeocello on bass.  No word on tracklist for the full-length, but she just released a preview EP called The Things I’ve Seen Today, which features the title track co-written by violinist Jenny Scheinman and a delightful cover of The Beatles’ “Martha, My Dear” (click picture to the right for samples).

This show in Eugene was her second time through in as many years.  I don’t recall if the band members were the same as last time, but regardless, they were all fantastic musicians.  While Ribot/Ndegeocello/Scheinman were not in the live band, all four band members created a vibe conducive to taking in Madeleine’s golden vocal chords.

They played a fairly jazzy set, and Madeleine’s lush vocals bounced around in more of a jazzy singer-songwriter feel than I remembered her from before.  As you’ll be able to see from the setlist below, she played a lot of the new material from the forthcoming album – much of it I was unable to unidentify.  If you have any assistance on the setlist, let me know in the comments.

Setlist: over 90 minutes

  • unknown
  • The Things I’ve Seen Today
  • Martha, My Dear [The Beatles]
  • “Muddy Mississippi”
  • You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go [Bob Dylan]
  • “seen my reflection underneath the moon”
  • “here we are… I’m only human”
  • Don’t Wait Too Long
  • Don’t Pick a Fight With a Poet
  • “Meet me in Rio”
  • “involuntary pass/past(?)”
  • Dance Me to the End of Love [Leonard Cohen]
  • unknown love song
  • Instead [with band introductions & solos]
  • Encore: J’Ai Deux Amours
  • “I hear music” [with band solos]

Fantastic show.  Madeleine was fairly chatty and in a great mood.  The Eugene crowd was fairly subdued, except for a particular “amateur comedian” named George who interacted a bit with Madeleine – which at one point said she should have him open for her. :)

Be on the lookout for her new album in June.  She’s hitting a few more West Coast & Canada dates (as well as a NYC date) between now and the end of June.  Check out more tour dates below.

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… quite possibly Ani DiFranco at McDonald Theatre in Eugene (4/12).

~Dan – np: PlatypusWhen Pus Comes to Shove

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Madeleine Peyroux Spring/Summer 2011 Tour Dates:
3/31-4/02 – Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley
4/03 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
4/05 – Eugene, OR @ Shedd Institute for Arts
4/06 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center
4/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
4/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Luckman Theater
4/11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre
4/13 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
6/17-19 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
6/22 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
6/24 – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada @ Royal Theatre (Victoria
International Jazzfest)
6/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada @ Centre for the Performing Arts
(Vancouver International Jazz Festival))
6/26 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada @ Winspear Centre for Music (Edmonton Int’l
Jazz Festival)
6/28 – Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada @ Theatre Granada
6/29 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ Theatre Maisonneuve (Fest Int’l De Jazz De
6/30 – Quebec, Canada @ Raoul-Jobin Hall (Palais Montcalm)


Help 12-yo blues singer Savanna (Kickstarter)

4th Jan 11 (Tue) 1 comment

I’m here to promote music.  When that music is also made by friends, it’s even more fun to promote.

When I moved to Eugene, I got involved in a most excellent vegetarian supper club.  The founders, Josh & Sharon Coen, are super great… it’s a really fun group.  Well, when we moved here, we met their (then) 9 year old Savanna.  About two years ago, she started singing and has been gigging more and more in the Eugene area… whether it be Saturday Market, Kidz Rock, Grrrlz Rock, or blues festivals – it’s been great to see Savanna and her talent grow.

Well, now 12 years old, she’s starting a Kickstarter campaign to get her first CD made.  If you’ve never heard about Kickstarter, it’s a great new way to be financially active in an independent venture – music or otherwise.  I’ve done a couple Kickstarters recently (Kevin Moore‘s Shine and GdEB‘s Jazz).  Anyway, it’s a great way for those who want to support art to put their money where their mouth is.

Fan funding is what it’s all about.

So, my question for you… do you want to help this talented 12-year old blues singer from Eugene, Oregon, make her first CD?  Of course you do!  As little as $10 gets you the music. Go to:

To find more about Savanna, go to:

If you can help, please do… her goal is to raise $3,000 in 90 days to be able to get this off the ground.

~Dan – np: GdEBJazz

REVIEW: Nellie McKay @ Berbati’s Pan (Portland, OR – 3/31/10)

1st Apr 10 (Thu) 4 comments


Nellie McKay‘s most recent album, As Normal As Blueberry Pie, came out last year, and while different from her prior records, it definitely fit in her catalog nicely.  It featured her at her campiest but also her jazziest, versus her edgier side. For evidence of the campiness, check out the lovely publicity shots over on  The serious and silliness perfectly fit her personality.  I wouldn’t want Nellie any other way.

On to the show…

The venue, Berbati’s Pan, was known to me more for its rock acts.  The “jazzy, bluesy, singer-songwriter evening” in store for us was bound to be a big question mark regarding how it would come across… well, it was delightful.  The lighting and small couches on the outskirts of the club made for a nice atmosphere.  We got to the show just before Howard went on.  Most of the people were hanging out on the chairs & couches; so we got some spots right up front.

Howard Fishman opened up the show and hit the stage around 8:45pm.  He played guitar in Nellie’s backing band, the Aristocrats, last fall.  He played a good set of bluesy standards and originals.  He had a lap steel guitarist, Henry Bogdan, playing with him.  He played about 25-30 minutes, primarily “upbeat blues” tunes… with a few darker tunes thrown in near the end.  Some of my favorites were “The One Rose (That’s Left in My Heart),” a silly song about the Red Sox, and the capper called “Best Days.”

After a short break, Nellie hit the stage alongside both Howard and Henry around 9:20pm.  Her set was a more stripped down version of what she brought to Seattle last fall.  A great selection of Doris Day and other older standards, with a few of her own songs thrown in for good measure.  Her originals were some of my favorites for the night – specifically “Toto Dies” and “The Dog Song.”  The newer cover tunes added to her setlist – “Small Day Tomorrow” and “Two Sleepy People” – were really great as well.

She was a giddy and lovable as usual… very jokey and generally in a delightful mood.

Setlist: about 75 minutes

  • Do Do Do (Doris Day cover)
  • Sentimental Journey (Doris Day Cover)
  • A Wonderful Guy (Doris Day cover)
  • Georgie Girl (The Seekers cover)
  • Mean to Me (Doris Day cover)
  • Prisoner of Love (Kitty Wells cover)
  • Close Your Eyes (Doris Day cover)
  • “Happy Birthday” (to Becky)
  • If I Ever Had a Dream
  • Toto Dies
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Mother of Pearl
  • Alone When It Rains (duet with Howard Fishman)
  • The Dog Song
  • A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald cover)
  • Small Day Tomorrow (Bob Dorough / Fran Landesman cover)
  • Crazy Rhythm (Doris Day cover)
  • Encore: “Old-fashioned Bodega” (title unknown)
  • Two Sleepy People (Hoagy Carmichael cover, duet with Howard Fishman)

many more photos below

Howard joined her on vocals on two songs.  “Alone When It Rains” is actually a song of his, which was sung last night as a tribute to her former dog, Charro.  The Hoagy Carmichael duet (“Two Sleepy People”) had a giggle-fit lyrical screw up, but they kept rolling with it.  Henry’s lap steel changed the Doris Day sound to a more bluesy feel from the jazz sound of the Aristocrats backing band.  The more stripped down Nellie backing band was a treat.  I hope she keeps on swinging through the Pacific Northwest.

They’re off to Seattle next (check out more tour dates below).  Catch them if you can!

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Coheed & CambriaYear of the Black Rainbow

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2010 Tour Dates (so far)

  • 3/28/2010 Los Angeles, CA Alex Theatre
  • 3/29/2010 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
  • 3/31/2010 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
  • 4/3/2010 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater A Prairie Home Companion
  • 4/10/2010 Delaware Water Gap, PA Deerhead Inn
  • 5/15/2010 Sellersville, Pennsylvania Sellersville Theater 1894
  • 6/1/2010 through 6/12/2010 New York, NY Feinstein’s at The Regency
  • 9/17/2010 Monterey, California, United States Monterey Jazz Festival

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REVIEW: Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt @ Hult (Eugene, OR – 10/15/09)

16th Oct 09 (Fri) 2 comments

Well, had you asked me at the beginning of the week, “are you going to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt?,” my answer would have been “um… no.”  I wouldn’t say I was seeking out going to this show.  However, some friends of ours who had tickets ended up with a conflict and gave the tickets to us (thanks J&M!).

For me, Lyle’s music is a touch too close to country to seek him out, and I had never even really heard of John Hiatt.  Regardless of that prejudice and ignorance about their music, I had a lot of fun.  Lyle and John came out around 7:45pm and immediately started talking.  This would kick off the format – a lot of talking and each person trading off songs.

They were both great storytellers through their songs, and I was glad that they weren’t too twangy (really my only big gripe with country music is the twang).  It’s actually hard to say which part was more entertaining, their songs or their banter.  After about an hour, they’d only made it through 8 songs, and their songs aren’t generally long. They really seemed to be good friends who let us into their living room to watch them shoot the shit and play some songs for each other.

Setlist: two and a half hours

  • Drive South [JH]
  • Fiona [LL]
  • Walk On [JH]
  • LA County [LL]
  • Thunderbird [JH]
  • Home Is Where My Horse Is [LL]
  • Tennessee Plates [JH]
  • I Will Rise Up [LL]
  • Always Movin’ On (new) [JH]
  • South Texas Girl [LL]
  • Have a Little Faith in Me [JH]
  • Choke My Chicken [LL]
  • Crossing Muddy Waters [JH]
  • North Dakota [LL]
  • Memphis in the Meantime [JH]
  • Her First Mistake [LL]
  • Through Your Hands [JH]
  • My Baby Don’t Tolerate [LL with JH guitar solo]
  • Ain’t No More Cane [LL & JH]
  • Encore: Thing Called Love [JH & LL]
  • If I Had a Boat [LL]

Overall, it was a great show.  They were both great storytellers and quite humorous.  They seemed to be very well paired and play off (and with) each other well.  Thanks again J&M for the tickets!

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Nellie McKayNormal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day

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