Fleur Seule is a retro Jazz band led by Allyson Briggs, who has been called “The Glamour Girl of Jazz,” and “La Rubia de la Salsa.” (The Blonde of the Salsa). She is Puerto Rican by marriage. That’s good enough for us. ¡WEPA!
- Fleur Seule plays 1940s Jazz and Latin Jazz at Tavern on the Green in Central Park most Fridays from 6-10pm. fleurseule.com
Fleur Seule is a Trip Back to the 1940s
The band plays Jazz, Swing, Ballroom and Salsa in a presentation that channels 1940s glamour. The band’s name is French for “lonely flower.” Glamorous songbird Allyson Briggs is a real torch singer. She sings in seven languages.
The band plays memories by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, and more.
We didn’t know that Briggs sings Salsa too. She can take you to Old Havana or Old San Juan. We asked Allyson if she claims a Latin heritage. She told us she is Puerto Rican by marriage. Being another Boricua de corazón, we tease her about it, but Allyson says, “When I start to sing, they know.” ¡WEPA! 🇵🇷
If you’re going to dance Salsa to the band, do whatever you want, but the correct dance is not New York Salsa on 2. The old school style would be Caribbean Salsa on 1, very connected, soft and circular, not the linear cross-body lead of 1970s New York City.
Previously in New York City
Fleur Seule’s Allyson Briggs makes her Carnegie Hall debut celebrating Peggy Lee and the American Songbook with Michael Feinstein and Ciara Renée in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wed, Feb 16 at 7:30pm. From $83. 🇵🇷
We don’t know the set list, but this could be really interesting. Peggy Lee is famous for “Fever.” Allyson can sing it like La Lupe.
Fleur Seule plays Spooky Salsa Night at the Margaritaville Hotel in Times Square Sixth Floor on Sun, Oct 31 from 7-10pm. No cover. fleurseule.com
Fleur Seule sings “Latin Love Songs” at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen on Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 8:30pm. From $20. Take a trip back to Rio de Janeiro, Old Havana and Old San Juan. Think Carmen Miranda, Celia Cruz and La Lupe. That’s some great music. 🇧🇷🇨🇺🇵🇷
Fleur Seule plays Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Wed, June 29, 2016 at 7:30pm. Jerry Feldman and Celia Gianfrancesco teach Foxtrot and Waltz at 6:30pm. DJ Gene Eagle keeps the floor moving between sets.
If you love 1940s glamour, don’t miss Fleur Seule.