After 20 years as a leading operatic soprano, Fleming recently recorded an album of jazz-influenced songs and ballads with help from pianist Hersch and guitarist Bill Frisell. The album, Haunted Heart, will be released on May 12.
"We feel honored that Ren_e Fleming decided to unveil her new project here," said Bill Bragin, director of Joe's Pub. "We know that she could have had the pick of any stage in New York...we are even more grateful that she agreed to allow us to make these concerts a fundraiser, so we could continue to produce the kind of diverse programming that has made Joe's Pub one of the country's premiere nightclubs."
"This is a project I have long dreamt of realizing," Fleming said in a statement. "It is not only an exploration of some of the music that has always inspired me, but a personal journey back on a road not taken. With this record I want to share my love for a group of highly emotional and beautiful songs, irrespective of labels of jazz, pop, or classical, while introducing you to my 'other voice' and style of singing to which I thought I would be dedicating my career."
Fleming was discovered early in her career by jazz legend Illinois Jacquet.
Hersch recently released an album of new music set to the poems of Walt Whitman.
The two performances are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., and the late performance includes a dessert reception with the artists. For tickets, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200; for information call (212) 539-8770.