Soak up the atmosphere of a vintage Paris cabaret as we pay tribute to African American artists who made or sustained their careers in the City of Light from the 1920's to 1960’s.
Hear the music of Bricktop, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt and other extraordinary talented performers in a concert produced by Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc., andpart of Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion.
With Chicago vocalists Frieda Lee, Lynne Jordan, Greta Pope, Ava Logan accompanied by pianist Miguel de la Cerna. Special guests include Michèle Barbier and Mylène Launay of Paris.
In a city brimming with classic blues and jazz divas, Lynne Jordan stands apart. Not only do her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock and even country but her bawdy personality wins over any crowd. Backed by her sizzling band The Shivers, Jordan quickly developed into a Chicago institution, playing jazz and blues clubs, swanky lounges and even the charity circuit throughout the country. She brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor and performance to New York and Atlanta with her sold-out show, “A Musical Tribute To Nina Simone.”
At a very early age Frieda Lee was introduced to the early vocal styles of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Anita O'Day, and other singers of the 40's and 50's. She has embraced the musical legacy of main stream composers such as Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Ellington, Legrand, and more recently, Manilow. Her performance is a virtual excursion through the great American musical repertoire of adult contemporary music and mainstream jazz.
Since her debut at the Chicago's Fantasy Lounge two decades ago, Frieda has performed at every major showcase for jazz in Chicago's rich and diverse musical milieu. She is currently in demand to perform with some of the top-notched ensembles such as the Marcin Januszkiewicz Trio, the Jeff Stitely Ensemble, the John Burnett Swing Orchestra and the Travis Wesley Trio of Springfield, Illinois
Michele Barbier began her career as actress, singer and author (Comédie Française, Festival d'Avignon, etc). But left everything to live in the world of circus for thirty years, in Sweden, in Germany and then, running her own company in France. While in Denmark, she was discovered by the legendary Josephine Baker who engaged her as personal secretary from 1969-1971. Returning to theater, writing and song, she released two albums (a third due June 2018), published 12 books (novels, historical essays, theater and poems) and produced and performed in five plays, especially a "one-woman-show" evoking the circus world. She has created events, often televised, such as the Gala de la Presse and Kréatika, the Festival of Authors-Composers-Performers. She is vice-president of the Alliance Francophone for which she has performed and traveled to many countries, most notably Japan.
Ava Logan is an award winning singer-actress from Washington, D.C., now living in the Chicago area. Dr. Logan is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night! The classically trained vocalist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in the U.S. and abroad, from duo ensembles to 18+ piece big bands! Her first major CD, So Many Stars was met with critical acclaim.
Mylène Launay has always been fascinated by musical performances. After 10 years of training as a classical dancer, she started taking the tap and drama lessons with Thierry Godefroy. At the age of 16, she joined AID, International Dance Academy, in Paris, where she completed her training in classical dance, modern-jazz, tap dance, character dance and flamenco.
In 2011 she decided to give a new dimension to her passion for theatre by integrating the International Academy of the Musical Comedy in Paris, where she follows the training in singing, dance, theater, then the Jean-Laurent Cochet theater class. In 2014 she wrote her first musical, In vitro. Since then, she focuses her work on the creation of musical shows and sings during animations, accompanied by the accordion.
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