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With Ambiance Francaise (Corinne Saunders, vocals, Jeff :Lashway, piano) at NOMA

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SUSANNE ORTNER’S AMBIANCE FRANÇAISE at Friday Nights at NOMA
Drawing mostly from the repertoire of Sidney Bechet, Edith Piaf, and Josephine Baker, German-born/New Orleans-based reed player Susanne Ortner will join pianist Jeff Lashway and French chanteuse Corinne Saunders for a musical journey to Paris of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond.

Ortner is equally conversant in jazz, classical music, and numerous ethnic music styles. She has performed with such musicians as Belgian Gypsy icon Tcha Limberger, accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley, multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano, and pianist Tom Roberts and many others.

A native of Pennsylvania, Lashway has toured the world playing and recording with jazz legends such as Diane Shuur, Richie Cole, and Maynard Ferguson.

Saunders, born in Orleans, France, and now a resident of New Orleans, began her singing career at age 16. Since then she has worked performing solo, as a backup singer, as an actress in stage productions, and as a teacher of theatre arts for children and a singing coach for adults. With her own group, Corinne Saunders and French Kiss, she performs American jazz and French vocal music.