“We were at the Blues Alley show three years ago and don’t want to wait that long again–thank you for a fine show!” is a comment that appeared in Paulien’s inbox only moments after her latest show in Washington, DC on November 17, 2014.
Indeed, after a three-year absence, Paulien made her third appearance at one of the nation’s finest jazz venues, Blues Alley. What a night! Clubs are not the easiest to fill on a Monday, especially one as dreary and wet as the night of Paulien’s performance. Yet, it was a nearly sold-out house and attracted a discerning audience who came to see her show, which was almost exclusively in French and supported by superb musicians from the DC area and her home town, Charlottesville.
What makes such rare appearances by Paulien so special is that she is one of the few singers who shows clear appreciation and respect for her audience and accompanying musicians, with never a moment of self-indulgence, arrogance, endless solos or long waits. She did not merely sing her repertoire of French classics, but performed each as though she were telling a very personal story. And because it was also her birthday, she treated the audience at the end to 250 homemade French macarons, adding a nice little touch to the end of a very special evening…”A fine show!”
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