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Patrice Jégou

What do competition-level figure skating, classical vocal technique and an exuberant feel for jazz have in common? Only one thing. And her name is Patrice Jégou. Her new album, IF IT AIN’T LOVE - kicks off with a blazing a cappella rendition of “Lover Come Back to Me,” with Take 6’s Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea providing stunning, hard-swinging backup. From there Jégou leads us through a garden of delights — big-band romps with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, sensuous string-kissed ballads arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, artfully crafted charts by Mike Lang and David Paich, and much more. But Jégou herself holds center stage, whether on the intimate keyboard-and-voice setting of “It Might Be You,” the spare elegance of Randy Newman’s “Losing You” or the show-stopping “I’m So Glad I’m Standing Here Today.” And when sharing the spotlight with gospel diva Táta Vega on “Yes We Can, Can,” and smooth crooner Javier Almaráz on “Remembrances,” she delivers a textbook lesson on duo performance. What’s most remarkable is that this music might never have happened if not for one remark made in passing by a colleague of hers, not many years ago. She had already accomplished much before that day


If It Ain't Love

Label: Prairie Star
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lover Come Back to Me, Jersey Bounce, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Yes, We Can, Can, I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, If It Ain't Love, Estate, Lover Come Back to Me, Waltz for Debby, Losing You, Just Squeeze Me, Where Do You Start, Remembrances, Please Send Me Someone to Love, It Might Be You.


News: Award / Grant

Patrice Jegou Wins Independent Music Award (IMA) For Best A Cappella Song

Patrice Jegou Wins Independent Music Award (IMA) For Best A Cappella Song

Vocalist Patrice Jégou wins Independent Music Award for Best A Cappella Song “Lover Come Back To Me” featuring Take 6’s Mark Kibble & Alvin Chea from her new album, If It Ain't Love. Patrice Jegou (pronounced Zhay-goo), who released her critically acclaimed second album earlier this year, If It Ain't Love, won in the Independent Music ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

Read "Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Ten Artists: April 2019

Read "Ten Artists: April 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Claudia Vorbach Is There a Time? Phoneector 2018 Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured ...


Article: Album Review

Patrice Jégou: If It Ain't Love

Read "If It Ain't Love" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Listening to Canadian vocal artist Patrice Jégou's second album, If It Ain't Love, one would never think that she once was a world-class professional figure skater. One would also immediately discern that she and her similarly world-class musical partners have delivered a perfect-10 performance. Surrounded on the opener by Take 6's Mark Kibble ...


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