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Little Queenie

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added on March 16, Saturday



 House of Secrets

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Shortly after her first birthday, New Orleans native Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris was humming entire lullabies back to her parents; six months later, she'd added the lyrics..."and I haven't ever really shut my face since," she told journalist-poet John Sinclair in a lengthy interview.
Sharing billing with early hometown mentors like Allen Toussaint, Dr John, The Meters, and Professor Longhair at legendary local nightclubs, recording studios, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival from the time she was a teenager, she later went on to perform live and on disc from sea to sea with such wildly diverse acts as BB King, Elvis Costello, Sun Ra, Ellis,Wynton, Branford, Delfayeo and Jason Marsalis, Odetta, The Gospel Soul Children, Harry Connick Jr, The Neville Brothers, Pete Seeger, Asleep at the Wheel, Taj Mahal,The Bose Big Band, Delbert McClinton, Bryan Ferry,G Love and Special Sauce,Buckwheat Zydeco, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was an integral part of Ron Cuccia's groundbreaking JazzPoetry Group, and it was with that quintet the now-classic "My Darlin New Orleans" was heard in a small theatre at the city's Contemporary Arts Center for the first time; the subsequent single recorded by Little Queenie and the Percolators is a global Mardi Gras favorite. After forming various genre-busting New Orleans bands around her style-defying voice, she was named Female Performer of the Year by Gambit Entertainment Weekly. She participated in a tribute to Janis Joplin at Central Park's Summerstages Series with a lineup of fabulous vocalists including Phoebe Snow, Kate Pearson, and Lene Lovich. With pianist Lawrence Seibirth she recorded three tunes for SRT's Patchwork: A Tribute to James Booker, one of which, "Providence Provides", was nominated by Offbeat Magazine readers as Song of the Year. Her double-edged paeans to The Big Easy, "Dawg Days" and "My Dawlin New Orleans", were featured on Shout!Factory's anthology, Doctors,Professors,Kings and Queens:The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans. Working with jazz, pop, funk, blues, folk and rock artists from all over the planet, she's provided music for film and television in the US and Europe, including the acclaimed HBO series Treme; produced and recorded 4 albums of her own, and contributed to countless others as a performer, composer, producer, babysitter, psychiatrist, beauty consultant, love broker, phamacologist, and diplomatic ambassador.
After relocating to North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she joined forces with artists of all stripes in her adopted region, and continues to surprise, disarm, and blow away new audiences, carrying musician and listener alike with her through the music of her roots, beyond the swamps, and into the 21st century.

"She's a short, dynamic Southern woman with a pure, powerful voice that can rise ecstatically to gospel abandon...radiant, tough, tight…thrilling"
-- The New York Times

"...Leigh Harris has been one of New Orleans' boldest, most arresting singers since her days fronting Little Queenie & the Percolators--which spawned the Continental Drifters and the Subdudes-- when she belted out roots- rock before it became a catchphrase. Her talents have unfolded in layers like a blossoming flower as she's nurtured her interpretive gifts for jazz, blues, gospel, and standards...her CD House of Secrets is a stunning culmination of her art, an utterly beautiful collection... her singular talent flourishes in any setting... no matter how familiar the material, rest assured that Harris will make it her own."
-- Gambit Entertainment Weekly

".. Harris, on House of Secrets, has re-invented herself and the American singer-songwriter tradition by incorporating a completely natural, European sensibility.Casting herself in the surprising, and wholly satisfying, role of a Delta version of Edith Piaf, Harris offers us one of the year's most inventive tributes to the power of song and a new appreciation for the richness of New Orleans' musical legacy."
--Offbeat Magazine

"A virtuoso jazz singer with rock-n-roll in her veins and the pipes & phrasing of a great gospel belter... even her scat singing has soul" -- Stereo Review

" sassy and musicianly...she imitates, instrument by instrument, a Dixieland band during her talking 'Ten Carat Blues', in which she asserts she's 'tuff' and backs it up... every time she pulls off a daredevil vocal turn, like coiling a 10-note melisma around an unsuspecting word... hurtling way, way above the band like a dolphin leaping into sunlight...Little Queenie IS t-u-f-f-f-f-f" --The Village Voice

"...oscillating between shimmying blues and soulful, pour-it-all-out balladry, this girl can SING, honey...a night with Little Queenie is indeed memorable." - --Musician Magazine

“New Orleans’ dynamic, diminutive diva who means business… hypnotic”
--Billboard Magazine


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