Madeleine Peyroux has set a March 5th release date for her new studio album, The Blue Room.
The album features Madeleine Peyroux and her longtime collaborator Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) give their interpretations of Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.
"Ray's 'cultural landmark' album has always been a part of me," says Klein. "Madeleine naturally came to mind with this project. Much like Charles who in 1962 jelled R & B, Gospel, Country and Jazz, Madeleine is at a nexus of styles. She comes from the same places, blending Jazz, Blues, Country and Pop."
The duos' concept was in no way intended to replicate the instrumentation, arrangements, style or sequence of the original album. Instead, Madeleine and Larry represented the artistic freedom Ray exhibited, using imagination to break down musical categories and barriers.
"I didn't want to just do a straight forward covers album," says Madeleine. "When Larry first brought this project to me, I was so moved by what I heard that it truly inspired me to both reinterpret these songs while also merging them with others that I thought fit perfectly."
Madeleine will be kicking off a world tour on March 20th. The initial dates are below.
March 20 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
March 22 Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room New York, NY
March 23 Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room New York, NY
March 24 The Birchmere Music Hall Alexandria, VA
April 2 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN
April 3 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN
April 4 The Northern Lights Theater (Potawatomi Casino) Milwaukee, WI
April 5 Old Town Chicago, IL
May 31 Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center Toronto, ON
June 1 Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center Toronto, ON