November 10, 2006
Jesse L�ge is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Known for his high, clear, “crying” vocals, Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun accordion music and singing Cajun French songs for over 30 years. Performing with a variety of well known musicians in various Louisiana and southeast Texas dancehalls, Jesse has been nominee and winner of numerous CFMA (Cajun French Music Association) awards, often referred to as the Cajun Grammys: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Memoires Dans Mon Coeur”). In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.
“Jesse sings in the traditional high-pitched, emotional style reminiscent of the late Iry LeJeune, and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction.” –Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records
“L�ge’s soaring voice resonates with . . . piercing, yet beautiful heartache . . . [he] possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun music. Listeners who do not experience frissons hearing him sing had better check their pulse.” –The USL Office of Public Relations
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