• Elsie Parker and "The Poor People of Paris"  specialize in French popular music and jazz.

    • Elsie Parker, the group's founder sings (in French) songs associated with Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, HervĂ© Vilard, Mireille Mathieu, Michael Legrand, Patricia Kaas,  Axelle Red, Leo Marjane, Eddy Mitchell, Vanessa Paradis, Gilbert Becaud, Serge Lama, Sylvie Bernard, and Charles Trenet, as well as performing her own original material.

    Elsie's Parker's  woodwind playing (clarinet/flute/tenor sax) is influenced by works of French composer Michel Legrand, and Argentinian tenor saxophonist/composer Gato Barbieri.

    Internationally, Elsie has been featured on the  French TV program, "La Chance Aux Chansons", filmed in Paris and viewed throughout France, French speaking Canada and Africa.  Nationally, he has appeared as solo vocalist for Nordstrom's  Chicago fashion show, at Chicago's Cultural Society, "Piaf's" in San Francisco, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, "Jazz Under the Stars" concert series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and for numerous events in the St. Louis area including The Missouri Botanical Gardens Whittaker Concert Series, The Sheldon Theater, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis First Night and Powell Hall.  As a vocal soloist with symphony orchestras, Elsie Parker has performed with orchestras in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.

                                                              Click on the 4 CD covers below to hear the music!


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  • With her group "The Poor People of Paris", Elsie has recorded four CDs:

  • "Elle se souvient" (She Remembers) "Entre nous" (Between Us), "Je t'aime encore" (I Love You Still)  and "LIVE!"       


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The Musicians:

 Elsie Parker (French vocals/flutes/clarinet/tenor saxophone),

Ken Kehner (piano/keyboard),

William  Lenihan (guitar & accordion), Wayne Coniglio (bass) 

Alan Schilling, Peter Hussey drums



"How to Sing in French" 

Elsie Speaks!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023      noon to 1 PM

Webster University  East Academic Bldg.  Room 140

470 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119


"It's Never Too Late"  (For Valentines)

Sunday, February 19, 2023      4:00 PM-5:45 PM

admission $20

Blue Strawberry  364 N Boyle Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

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"Jack's Joint"

Thursday, March 2, 2023        8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

admission $20

                                                  "Jack's Joint" is located upstairs from O'Connell's Pub

                                                                                           4652 Shaw Avenue  St. Louis, Missouri 63110



"Monet/Mitchell:  Painting the French Landscape"

free public opening celebration

Friday, March 24, 2023      5:00 to 8:00 PM

The St. Louis Art Museum Sculpture Hall

cash bar available

 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Claude Monet's Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge 1899 image 1



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