Critically Acclaimed Lower East Side Musician Artist


Phoebe Legere is a “musician’s musician” with songs that are family-friendly and fun. They blend Cajun, blues, country, folk, jazz, and Native American music. This highly regarded Lower East Side musician artist has been called “The World's Greatest Entertainer” and has appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, NBC, and PBS. Legere is a:

~Blues piano player

~Award-winning Cajun accordion player

~Folk-blues guitar stylist

~Powerhouse vocalist

~Award-winning songwriter


~Painter with works in major museums and collections

~Phoebe Legere has been called "The World's Greatest Entertainer." 

~Standard bearer of the Acadian/Abenaki Renaissance

 ~Legere has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, NBC and PBS.

 ~"Her talent will take your breath away." - NPR 

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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.

After the college radio success of “Marilyn Monroe” (Island Records), and appearing in numerous underground films, Legere experienced brutal sexual harassment from music executives. “They made me feel that my only value was my looks and my willingness to be exploited sexually.” Legere then turned her attention to composing classical music and became an East Village musician and artist. She graduated from Vassar College and has studied:

  • Jazz and composition with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet
  • Composition at the Julliard School
  • Piano at the New England Conservatory
  • Film Scoring, orchestration, and jazz arranging at the NYU Graduate School of Music Composition
  • Composition with Morton Subotnick, Wayne Oquin, and Dinu Gezzo
  • Jazz arranging with Ira Newborn and Rick Shemaria
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Composer - New York, NY

Ms. Legere studied jazz with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Phoebe graduated from Vassar College, studied composition at the Juilliard School, studied piano at the New England Conservatory, and film scoring, orchestration and jazz arranging at the NYU Graduate School of Music Composition. She studied composition with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Morton Subotnick, Wayne Oquin and Dinu Gezzo. She also studied jazz arranging with Ira Newborn and Rick Shemaria.

This highly regarded “musicians musician” has said that the death of the record business is a much needed correction. “Right now musicians have a golden opportunity. For the first time we can shape our own careers. Musicians are no longer the slaves of music corporations. We are free to invent the music we hear in our hearts today, and invent new ways to deliver it to the listeners of tomorrow."


Press Reviews

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:

  • “Beethoven” (Paper Magazine)
  • “Edith Piaf” (Proctor Lippincott, New York Times)
  • “Yma Sumac and Maria Callas” (Stephen Holdne, New York Times)
  • “Frank Zappa” (Billboard)
  • “Dorothy Donegan” (John Wilson, NY Times)
  • “Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix)
  • “Jerry Lee Lewis” (Proctor Lippincott, NY Times)
  • “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.

Songwriter - New York, NY
"Perfections name is Phoebe." -NY Post

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