Phoebe Legere

Phoebe Legere

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Edith Piaf meets Professor Longhair! New Orleans flavored funky, jazzy, rockin blues piano with a sexy French twist, master entertainer, genius songwriter Phoebe Legere plays a hard driving boogie, sings her booty off and plays cajun accordion and funky blues piano like nobody else. Solo or band

Biography

Phoebe Legere is a a songwriter of French Canadian and Native American descent. She graduated from Vassar College, was the resident composer for the Wooster Group, studied with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, was signed to Sony Records, opened for David Bowie on his National Tour, received a New York State Council of the Arts grant, collaborated with Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Larry Rivers, Allen Ginsberg, Hunter Thompson, Don Cherry, Brian Eno, Bo Bo Shaw, Ikue Morie, Nana Vascolenos, Jack Smith, Joakim Lartey, Jim Staley, Morgan Powell, Eric Mandat and Leo Abrahams, has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS's City Arts and Charlie Rose, is in the popular children's show on Nickelodeon,”The Naked Brothers Band,” and is head writer and host for Roulette TV, a show about experimental art and music. She records for Einstein Records and Mercury Records.

"Legere is an expressive and versatile singer whose voice ranges from a dark and earthy alto to a gorgeous dazzling high soprano.... she combines intelligent lyrics and a fusion of French musette, Cajun, pop, rock and jazz into a stew she calls, "roots alternative."-John Pitcher, Washington Post

"A charismatic showman who works the audience with the razor edged skill of a veteran comic poking, teasing, and caressing it with clever turns of phrase both musical and verbal...She plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four and a half octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing. "
New York Times

"Phoebe Legere's brand of articulate genius will have it's day - the time is ripe for a legitimate, American original who has it all - beauty, brains, talent, sex appeal, and a giving heart... A brilliant songwriter.." - Where Magazine

"An evocative blend of sexpot glamour, French insouciance, Bourbon St. bawdiness, and East Village hipness - she's got both body and soul. " Harper's Bazaar

"Gorgeous, blonde bombshell with a dynamite body, a magnificent voice, a wild sense of humor...(She is) an extremely intelligent Vassar graduate who can play four or five instruments and challenge every premise you might have about her as she zips through her set - her song selections are impeccably chosen. (She has) a dazzling voice - a superb singer miles above most of the rock stars of today ...a comic mind...She turns excess and extravagance into an art form and anchors it with stunning simplicity. " New York Post

"Phoebe Legere is the female Frank Zappa…" Roman Kozack, Billboard Magazine

"Phoebe Legere is one of the most, inspired and talented creative-supernovas on the planet...One of those rare luminous souls... beautiful, wickedly funny, anointed with wisdom, and her music possesses Native American mystical and healing qualities. like Billie Holiday or Jimi Hendrix or Miles Davis or Sun Ra..." Dimitri Monroe, Hits Magazine

"Phoebe Legere, a name to conjure with.... She is an American original, she's fun, she's funny, she's smart, She's a beauty, almost like a Carole Lombard, but the main thing about her is SHE"S GOOD" - Studs Terkel, National Public Radio

"Like Marylou Williams, she can maintain a rollicking left hand that segues easily from stride to boogie - woogie while tickling the piano's upper register into sublime submission. Similarities to Jerry Lee Lewis are probably not impertinent either..." New York TImes

"Phoebe Legere's latest recording is an incisive critique of the role of contemporary culture in America in the form of a post modern, urban opera. A dazzling, dizzying sound collage of sampled soundtracks, spoken word, composed melodies, sound effects, raps, electrobeats, and vocal and keyboard improvisations, it's a shimmering soundscape of a night spent downtown with Legere as tour guide...A tribute as much to the composer/vocalist/keyboardist's virtuosic talent as to her keen wit and intelligence, "Blue Curtain" surprises, shocks and entertains at every jagged turn. Simply put, it's as important a piece of music as you're likely to hear all year, or any year- Seth Rogovoy, The Berkshire Eagle

BIOGRAPHY - by Hartley Pleshaw

PHOEBE LEGERE

The sound of francais coming from Phoebe is that of North America. It’s coming from a place close to her heart and soul—to say nothing of her DNA. The Acadian/Cajun sound—Franco-American soul music—is the sound of Phoebe Legere.

That sound is literally in her blood. Part Native American, part French Canadian, Phoebe is steeped in the Acadian musical traditions of her grandparents, as well as the tribal and cultural traditions of the Penobscot/Abenaki tribes of Maine. Those traditions were a joyful and vital part of her upbringing.

“On a Sunday, the Legeres always got together with the Robichauds and the LeBlancs, and we’d make music. The air would be

Lyrics

Beautiful Nightmare

Written By: Phoebe Legere

Poetry, Paintings, and
lots more music at
www.phoebelegere.com

New York City Nightmare
words and music ©Phoebe Legere

Six flights up in a slum and it’s raining
looking out of the window with a heart full of pain.
six flights up in my imagination
I can see the future in the wind and rain.
Your kisses are warm and gentle,
You may be my lover,
you may be my friend
But here is a girl who loves the sky
gotta hear the birds cry when the day begins.
And all that is - is beating with these raindrops
My spirits flying over the rooftops
I know the sun is hiding behind the rain.

New York City You’re a beautiful nightmare
I love ya baby but I’m going away
NYC I’m a country person
I came to the city and got lost in the rain
OH, I’ll put my tears in a bottle, go down to the river and float them away
New York City, You’re a beautiful night mare,
I’m saying goodbye to the big city rain
Glamorous man what you need is a model
and New Yorks got acres of professional skin
What I really need is a farmer,
a man to love me through thick and thin
He’s an apple picker he’s a potato digger he’s a corn stripper and he loves the rain
But New York City, your rain means nothing
It runs into the gutter and down the drain
And all that is - is beating with these raindrops
My spirits flying over the rooftops
I know the sun is hiding behind the rain.

New York City You’re a beautiful nightmare
I love ya baby but I’m going away
NYC I’m a country person
I came to the city and got lost in the rain
OH, I’ll put my tears in a bottle, go down to the river and float them away
New York City, You’re a beautiful night mare,
I’m saying goodbye to the big city rain

Solo on 1/2 verse changes
B Verse
New York City You’re a beautiful nightmare
I’m sayin good by to the big city rain
OH, I’ll put my tears in a bottle, go down to the river 5 X and float them away

Discography

Ultra Romantic Parallel Universe, on Mercury Records is playing on AAA right now
www.myspace.com/sexbrain for experimental and electronica

Amazing Love went number one in Shreveport, Louisiana, Owensboro Kentucky and Birmingham, Alabama.

Marilyn Monroe, on Island Records, was a bonafide college hit.

CD's on ITUNES right now...

1000 Kisses
Last Tango in Bubbleland
4 Nurses of the Apocalypse
Blue Curtain

Midnight Legere. the new CD produced by Tony Bennett's son Dae will be on ITUNES in the next few weeks.

Set List

Phoebe does a one hour show of beautiful touching originals interlaced with amazing Cajun, Acadian, French and Native American classics. Phoebe is one of a kind: her crystalline, honey pure alto/soprano, her amazing musical gift, to say nothing of her elegant stage presence, make her a natural star.