Jessye!

Acclaimed soprano Jessye Norman will make a rare appearance at Paris’ historic music hall, the Olympia, November 19. With a lyric career spanning forty years which took her to the great opera houses of the world, she returns to her roots and sings songs of the Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. On the program, “My Baby Just Cares for Me, “J’ai deux amours,” “Stormy Weather” and other jazz standards.

The Olympia is hallowed ground for the world of song. Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Judy Garland and Charles Trenet, gave iconic concerts there, many still available on recordings. Among other names treading those famed boards were Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, the Beatles, the Jackson Five, James Brown and, more recently, Lady Gaga.

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