Ms. Legere, a poet and playwright, was a protege of Hunter Thompson and Terry Southern. She was a close friend of Allen Ginsburg, Jim Carroll and John Ashbery. Her "sung poetry" was published this season in the Abenaki Journal "Voices of the Dawnland."
Legere studied jazz with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, graduated from Vassar College where she studied Performance Art and the Philosophy of Art.
Legere studied music compostition with Morton Subotnick at the NYU Graduate School of Music Composition, and jazz arranging with Ira Newborn and Rick Shemaria.
"My most important music education came from improvising at the Jam Sessions and Loft Jazz Sessions of Harlem and the Lower East Side of New York."
This highly regarded "master songwriter and storyteller" is writing, painting and composing during our COVID 19 crisis.
As a teenager, Legere was signed to Epic Records as a songwriter. She opened for David Bowie on his National Tour in 1991. She led highly influential downtown bands, such as her all-girl experimental punk band Monad, riot grrl band 4 Nurses of the Apocalypse; and the 9-piece jazz band Swingalicious.
Legere is an internationally recognized East Village icon, musician, playwright and artist.
The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.” This “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” (CBS) has been compared to:
“the female Beethoven” (Paper Magazine)
“sounds like Edith Piaf” (Proctor Lippincott, New York Times)
“echoes of Yma Sumac and Maria Callas” (Stephen Holden, New York Times)
“the female Frank Zappa” (Billboard)
“reminds me of Dorothy Donegan” (John Wilson, NY Times)
“as witty as Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix)
“plays like Jerry Lee Lewis” (Proctor Lippincott, NY Times)
“the female Bobby Short” (LIz Smith, NY Daily News)
“Mick Jagger with an accordion” (Washington Post)
Contact Legere to learn more about her and where she’ll be performing next. She works all over New York City, New York.