Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) is an album of sparkling sound of fine jazz-pop, amazingly interpreted by a vocalist with a lot of flair and savoir-faire. She is accompanied by a small group of seasoned instrumentalists doing just about the right thing to enhance the beauty of the songs, discreetly, elegantly....Véronneau has a clear phrasing in the delivery of the lyrics, one that puts her on a par with the best jazz performers and that is very convincing; very moving by moments. The lady genuinely feels the words she is saying, she means them, which of course is an essential trait in the art of singing.
A beautiful, bright musical experience featuring one of the best voices in the business. Sweetly simple and sensual, Véronneau’s Joie de Vivre is a smooth record ideal for summer listening outside with a glass of wine or four, and some candlelight.
Veronneau is the band of the marvellous French-Canadian singer Lynn Véronneau.....Lynn takes ownership of each individual piece and delivers an emotional, passionate performance every time. Her work on Lennon and McCartney’s haunting and gorgeous “For No One” takes on spectacular new meaning....backed by simple guitar, it’s one of my favourite tracks on the record.
Whether she’s tackling the nuances of classic tunes (“La Mer”) or drawing on the pageantry of My Fair Lady (“The Street Where You Live”), Lynn is a consummate performer. Her voice packs a wallop, sure, but most importantly she sings with heart. As she pulls back on the big notes and enters into subtle patterns of expert phrasing, it feels as though she’s singing to one person at a time.
Even with this intimate vibe, it’s clear that the music of Joie de Vivre is designed for big crowds and bright lights. The musical experience rendered by Lynn and co. is satisfying and bewitching, engaging in the tales it tells and the stories it leaves to mystery.
An unexpected delight...Veronneau have a highly charismatic female vocalist and had the audience eating out of their hand
French-Canadian vocalist Lynn Véronneau and the musicians in her band ... offer listeners an exquisite program of engaging songs the group discovered during their travels around the world. Joie de Vivre is a lovely find and one that should be in your music collection."
Washington DC based jazz group Veronneau has just released their first album titled Joie De Vivre which translates to “Joy of Living.”...I see only good things coming from this group and their album is already doing quite well in the Jazz world....4.5 stars.
"I've just got space to stuff in a few recent favourites. I've been charmed by the guitars-and-voice-driven, Hot-Club-to-Latin of the multinational (including Brit Ken Avis) Veronneau; look out for imminent UK gigs".
"Love this new album. . .the songs the singing and musicianship are outstanding. We'll be playing it often on the Jazz Café"
"Virginia-based quartet Véronneau can sound like gypsy jazz colliding gently with Appalachian folk one moment, then slide into a smooth Brazilian samba the next. Lynn Véronneau’s voice is crisp and strong, and she can sing in English, French or Spanish. "
"As a radio presenter on many stations around the world it was with great pleasure that I received a remarkable version of the Lennon/McCartney song 'For No One' performed admirably by Veronneau on their Joie de Vivre CD... please listen out for Veronneau's work on my BeatlesandBeyond Radio Show in the future
"Fans of organic, accomplished and traditional world music bands such as the Gipsy Kings and Beausoleil will be drawn to the sultry, ear-pleasing sounds of Veronneau, led by French-Canadian chanteuse Lynn Veronneau. The four-piece jazz outfit boasts stellar musicians... Veronneau’s crystalline voice manages to convey warmth and sensuality. The collection of 10 songs is impossible to categorize, boasting influences from Brazil, Mexico, Great Britain and, of course, France. It’s the kind of music that would sound perfect in the background of a candlelit dinner on a rooftop with someone you’d like to get to know better".
"I wish I owned a funky clothes shop so I could play (Joie de Vivre) while people were shopping".
Articles and Interviews
Bossa Nova magazine interview about Jazz Samba Project CD, their Best of 2012 CD!
Lynn Veronneau returned to Geneva, Switzerland in July, reuniting for one night only with Les Horribles Cernettes, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band featuring in the first ever photo to be seen on the web. The event has featured on BBC, ABC, Jimmy Kimmel show and many more media outlets.
In-depth radio interview about the release of Jazz Samba Project!
WTOP Radio: Interview with Lynn Veronneau and Ken Avis about the Jazz Samba Project release concert at All Souls Church, the venue of the 1962 Jazz Samba recording.
Washington Post feature about the 50th anniversary of Jazz Samba.
BBC Radio interview during the 2011 UK tour. 'Beautiful..I love the style, I love the acoustic sound". Veronneau interview with Sally Nader, 2011 - Live at the BBC
During the 2011 Quebec tour Lynn was interviewed on-air on Radio Canada.