Thursday, May 31, 2012

Music at the Olympia - Spectacular June Line-up!

Olympia Music Hall
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The line-up of black musicians at the Olympia Music Hall next month is stupendous!

We kick off with Mokobé on June 8th.

Photo from Olympia Music Hall Web site

Mokobé is French of Malian and Senegalese origin. He has enjoyed tremendous success with his music since his solo début in 2007. He donates a percentage of the earnings on each of his albums to buy mosquito nets as part of the effort to combat malaria in Senegal and Mali.

Next up is Al Jarreau on June 10th.

Al Jarreau
Photo from Olympia Music Hall Web site

Jarreau's concert is part of an extensive European tour. He will also appear at jazz festivals in Orleans, France; Milan, Italy; Oeiras, Portugal; Perugia, Italy; and Marseille, France - among numerous other concerts - before returning to the U.S. in August.

Barbara Hendricks wraps up three days of Festival Radio Classique on June 17th.

Barbara Hendricks - Festival Radio Classique flier
Olympia Music Hall flier

She will "hold court" after the concert to sign CDs for her fans. Find her at the Entrée des Artists on rue de Caumartin.

Grande dame Jessye Norman interprets Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin on June 26th.

Jessye Norman
Photo from Olympia Music Hall Web site

Norman was recently on tour in Australia, where she performed in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in April and May. Following her return from "down under," she graced the city of London with a performance at Royal Festival Hall.

Finally, Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef round out the month on June 27th.

Ahmad Jamal and Yusef Lateef
Olympia Music Hall flier

This performance is billed as part of Paris' own Jazz Festival at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Jamal is to regale his audience with compositions from his new album Blue Moon and then invite Lateef to the stage for the last half of the show.

Visit the event calendar page on the Olympia's Web site (in English) at to listen to the music of each artist and order tickets for their shows. Enjoy!


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