Nellie McKay

Madeleine Peyroux: 'Growing toward the sun'

Madeleine Peyroux: 'Growing toward the sun'

With a timbre suggestive of Billie Holiday and an intimate style of phrasing that needs only the subtlest twist of a syllable to hook a listener, Madeleine Peyroux has cleared a distinctive path in today's jazz world.

That path does not include a lot of self-promotion.

The Georgia-born singer, songwriter and guitarist has a reputation for being on the reclusive side. There have been periods when she simply dropped out of sight (during one such period about a decade ago, she did some busking in Paris).

That behavior, combined with her often low-key, deeply introspective music-making, makes Peyroux — who performs Friday at the