Mary Alouette’s hot jazz electronica

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 8:54 pm (UTC+0)
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By Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC

Jazz singer and guitarist Mary Alouette (courtesy photo)

Mary Alouette is a jazz singer and guitarist from Brooklyn, New York.

Her music starts with “hot jazz, which is of  Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli from the 1930s and 40s,” said Alouette in an interview with VOA’s Jazz Beat. Singing in both French and English, she combines that nostalgic style with “modern instrumentation and electronics to bring a current edge to the music.”

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Alouette has just released her third album, The Lark which showcases songs such as “Just You,” an intimate song about lost love.

On an earlier disc, Fête de la Musique, she showcased French chansons, such as “Ménilmontant” by Charles Trenet, and the Django classic, “Nuages.” “They have a great international appeal,” she said.

She talks about herself and her music in this interview with VOA’s Jazz Beat:

 

Listen to more music and interviews here on Jazz Beat

Diaa Bekheet
Diaa Bekheet has worked for a host of media outlets, including Radio Cairo in English, ETV News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) and the Associated Press. He joined VOA in Feb. 1989 as an International Broadcaster, hosting a variety of popular news and entertainment shows such as Newshour, Radio Ride Across America, Business Week, and Jazz Club USA. He has interviewed a number of Jazz celebrities, including the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Shorter, and George Benson. Diaa is currently an editor for our main English site, VOAnews.com.

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