By Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC
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.”
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: