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Internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling French singer ZAZ to launch new album ‘Paris’ at Under The Bridge
Paris – The new album, released 4th May 2015
“Brilliant!” Clare Teal, BBC Radio 2
“A great record” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“A fantastic album, she’s a pretty cool lady, none of this ‘jazz hands’ parody for ZAZ” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6music
“ZAZ can sing anything and stirs your very soul. She’ll go as far as she can, and then even further.” Charles Aznavour
“She has real blues roots in her voice that you’d swear came straight out of the ghetto!” Quincy Jones
Over the last four years, ZAZ has been one of France’s top-selling global artists. Championed by two legends of music, French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour and producer Quincy Jones, fans in over fifty countries have snapped up over three million copies of her first two albums, and on her sell-out world tour in 2014 she performed to over 1.5 million people. Returning to the UK for the first time in two years, ZAZ will perform an exclusive one-off gig at West London venue Under The Bridge on 6th May 2015.
‘Paris’, her third album, is a tribute to the French capital and its greatest performers, including the likes of Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker and Frank Sinatra, and is produced in part by the great Quincy Jones and features duets with Charles Aznavour, Thomas Dutronc and Nikki Yanofsky.
Backed by a big band, ZAZ works her way through a selection of the most iconic songs ever written about Paris, including versions of Edith Piaf’s ‘Sous le ciel de Paris’, Maurice Chevalier’s 1939 classic ‘Paris sera toujours Paris’, and, in his centenary year, Frank Sinatra’s famous duet with Ella Fitzgerald ‘I Love Paris’, here produced by none other than Quincy Jones.
The album was recorded ‘as live’ over the course of one week with producer John Clayton (bassist and arranger for Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and the Count Basie Orchestra), with Quincy Jones stepping in to helm ‘I Love Paris’, ‘Champs-Elysee’ and ‘J’aime Paris au Mois de Mai’. ZAZ also deliberately avoided renditions of the original versions, their various interpretations and the specific context in which these classic French hits were written at the time, instead approaching the whole project as if it were an album of original compositions. The result is a unique set of songs incorporating a hint of gospel, a nod to swing manouche, traces of tango and a helping of classic big band jazz.
ZAZ (born Isabelle Geffroy, 1 May 1980) grew up in Tours, a city 150 miles south of Paris. A musical prodigy from the age of five, she studied violin, guitar and piano at the Conservatoire De Musique before moving to a small town near Bordeaux aged eleven. Here she began to take singing lessons and aged twenty she put together her first blues band, touring with a Basque variety orchestra for two years and singing with a group called Don Diego. In 2006, she moved to Paris and secured a job performing in a cabaret piano bar, singing without a microphone from eleven at night until dawn. The cabaret life was not for her though and after a year and a half she took to the streets of Paris’ vibrant Montmartre district, busking in the evenings, her remarkable voice attracting large crowds. In 2010 she responded to an advert looking for a “singer with a broken voice” placed by producer and songwriter Kerredine Soltani. He wrote the song ‘Je Veux’ for her, and thus began one of France’s biggest musical success stories, as ZAZ went on to sell over three million copies of her first two albums, winning numerous awards including a Felix in Canada, a Victoire de la Musique, a European Border Breaker Award and the Constantin award in France. She also featured on the soundtrack of the Martin Scorcese film “Hugo” in 2011 with the track ‘Coeur Volant’. Last year, she completed a world tour of all five continents, playing to full houses every night, a total of over 1.5million people.