Elsie Parker and "The Poor People of Paris" specialize in French popular music and jazz.
Elsie Parker, the group's founder sings (in French) songs associated with Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Hervé Vilard, Mireille Mathieu, Michael Legrand, Patricia Kaas, Axelle Red, Leo Marjane, Eddy Mitchell, Vanessa Paradis, Gilbert Becaud, Serge Lama, Sylvie Bernard, and Charles Trenet, as well as performing her own original material.
Elsie's Parker's woodwind playing (clarinet/flute/tenor sax) is influenced by works of French composer Michel Legrand, and Argentinian tenor saxophonist/composer Gato Barbieri.
Internationally, Elsie has been featured on the French TV program, "La Chance Aux Chansons", filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France, French speaking Canada and Africa. Nationally, he has appeared as solo vocalist for Nordstrom's Chicago fashion show, at Chicago's Cultural Society, "Piaf's" in San Francisco, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, "Jazz Under the Stars" concert series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and for numerous events in the St. Louis area including The Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Concert Series, The Sheldon Theater, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis First Night and Powell Hall. As a vocal soloist with symphony orchestras, Elsie Parker has performed with orchestras in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.
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With her group "The Poor People of Paris", Elsie has recorded four CDs:
Elsie Parker (French vocals/flutes/clarinet/tenor saxophone),
Ken Kehner (piano/keyboard),
William Lenihan (guitar & accordion), Wayne Coniglio (bass)
Alan Schilling , Matt Henry (drums and percussion)