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Madeleine Peyroux 

8 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.

Madeleine Peyroux has emerged as a strong songwriter.

Ellen Mark

Madeleine Peyroux has emerged as a strong songwriter.

A jazz singer's trajectory from crooner to artist almost necessarily follows this path: Start out with standards to prove yourself, judiciously pilfer from the pop-song catalog to show range and crossover appeal, and finally pen your own words once your voice and style is established. Nina Simone set the bar pretty high in this regard, but Madeleine Peyroux has followed suit for the past fifteen years, marrying her Lady Day-esque delivery with a rootsy, boho jazz sensibility. She has tackled songs by Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith, but her past few LPs (last year's Standing on the Rooftop included) find Peyroux settling comfortably into her role as songwriter. The occasional assist from Steely Dan's Walter Becker or former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman doesn't hurt either.

Come On, Be a Friend: Peyroux performs as part of the "Friends of the Sheldon Benefit," and those who buck up for the $125 level are offered preferred seating, free parking and admission to a pre-show soiree.

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