Aural Elixir is a female fronted rock/jazz/folk/pop band (and solo artist) created by singer-pianist-composer Jesse Maclaine in the late 90's in New Orleans, now based in Denver, Colorado. Renown for diverse, exciting, beautiful, and distinctive music, Aural Elixir displays a wide spectrum of influences traversing the boundaries of rock, jazz, folk, pop, and world music.
Classical training, jazz sensibilities, and decades of experience as a professional entertainer empower Jesse Maclaine to craft every Aural Elixir performance, perfect for parties, weddings, festivals, public performances, and private events. From intimate gatherings to gigantic celebrations, music makes everything better!
Modern Busker Productions has worked with Aural Elixir on many recorded and live music projects since 2001. The band and its leader, Jesse Maclaine, are always professional, creative, and willing to make every project an outstanding experience for everyone involved. I highly recommend this musician and band!
Response from Aural Elixir:
Thanks Charles! It's been a pleasure to work with you over the years and I look forward to our next project.
What to Expect
Punctuality, professionalism, polite demeanor, empathy and compassion for the needs of others, and of course beautiful, creative, appropriate music carefully crafted to meet the specific needs of each client.
With over 20 years experience as a professional musician, my musical services will add that finishing touch to your event. I offer a diverse catalog of music, from elegant ambiance to fun grooves, just right for dancing. Rates are flexible and formats vary based upon your needs. Whether you are looking for a solo pianist, solo vocalist, classic trio, or a 10 piece dance band, I am ready to help you realize your vision. I also offer custom compositions so you can have a piece of musical magic that will live in the memories (and iPods) of you and your guests forever. Please visit my website for more information and feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!
Pulling from a diverse catalog of distinctive originals, popular covers and obscure classic songs, Aural Elixir delights dancers and music lovers of all ages. While Jesse Maclaine's style is clearly influenced by classical training and jazz sensibilities, she has created a unique sound that is elegant, upbeat, quirky, clever and enchanting. Often compared to Tori Amos & Joni Mitchell, Aural Elixir delivers versatile, soulful music that is both accessible and defies categorization.
Aural Elixir is popular on radio stations from Florida to Alaska, including New Orleans' 90.7 WWOZ and Denver's 90.5 The Mountain as well as on internet radio like Spotify and Pandora. Past performances include numerous music halls, listening rooms, private parties, bars, coffee shops, restaurants and festivals such as All Folks Fest, Crestone Summer Music Festival, New Orleans' Tipitina's, The Howlin' Wolf, House of Blues, Blue Nile, 711 Bourbon Street, Fort Collins' Lincoln Center, Denver's Herman's Hideaway, The Mercury Cafe, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Boulder's historic Chautauqua Dining Hall, Lyons' Wildflower pavilion at Planet Bluegrass, Nederland's Pioneer Inn, Oklahoma City's Classic Rock Cafe, Santa Fe's Cowgirl Hall Of Fame and many more. Aural Elixir has performed for such luminaries as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, the Ambassador of Turkey and our premier TV performance from Louisiana Jukebox (2000) is preserved in Tulane University's Jazz archives.
Jesse Maclaine's Aural Elixir lends new flavor to indie pop rock with innovative, eclectic piano-vocal centric mixtures of originals and songs from the 60's to the present including covers by such icons as Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell & Frank Zappa. Jesse Maclaine is currently composing and recording new music, playing limited private and public engagements across the United States & Europe, producing the seventh Aural Elixir CD, and connecting with friends and fans in person and online as well as producing an irreverent video series on YouTube. Thanks for listening! Music makes everything better.
Music from Aural Elixir's latest release was recently featured on The Best Radio You've Never Heard Podcast, Women Of Substance Radio, & New Orleans' WWOZ!
Offbeat magazine describes Aural Elixir's unique sound as "...Joni Mitchell’s sly and perceptive confessional meets Fiona Apple’s confrontational doomed romantic, with little hints of Tori Amos’ gonzo earth mother and Carole King’s practical warmth."
"Originally formed in New Orleans, the Denver-based Aural Elixir still holds true to the Big Easy’s more sultry jazz traditions." Marquee Magazine
"AURAL ELIXIR - a tonic for the heart.
Jesse Maclaine, her piano, and sympathetic musical backing is what makes Aural Elixir a strong offering. "ONE" starts the set and it's a good song. The piano runs, the little twinkling keys. Lyrics that sound great when sung. These aren't typical singer songwriter lyrics but they are affecting poetry and full of imagery - well put together. Her voice dominates " BLURRY " above and beyond her already impressive piano work. A wonderful song, the type of song that's likely to send a chill right up your spine. Over all the music is stripped down, and primitive but within a slightly more accessible song structure."Joint Effort" is a fun song, like the rest of the tunes: repeat playable, certainly." MB, Feed The Band
"These artistic auteurs paint musical pictures both delightfully impressionistic and happily expressionistic." Bunny Matthews - Offbeat Magazine
"This is music from a big kitchen. Aural Elixir's low-key, jazzy folk recalls the Roches attention to vocal textures, speaking half a line then completing it melodically, then fluttering the next thought. ..like sharing jokes and stories on a Thursday night while making dinner and getting drunk on red wine." Alex Rawls - Offbeat Music Magazine
A brief collection of memorable audience quotes:
"Wow, your version of 'Wagon Wheel' was amazing, best I've ever heard!" GMS, June 2016
"You have absolutely made my night! Your music was exactly what I needed to hear. I love your original stuff but when you started playing Tori Amos covers, well, you're just awesome. Never stop, seriously, just stay here & play for me forever." Lawyer Lady, Highlands Cork, June 2016
"You sound so much like Jewel. You should tell people that, put it on your website and stuff. Can you believe how much she sounds like Jewel? She's singing and all I hear is Jewel, especially the high notes." Sherpa #2, Earth Day Festival, Estes Park, April 2016.
"Was that your voice? Wow! Sing to me forever." Beer Lover #264, Owsley's Golden Rd., April 2016, Boulder, CO.
"Check out Aural Elixir's music - her piano skills are beautiful and amazing and her voice is just what i need to bring my perspective of life right back to that sweet spot. Colorado peeps, this show has happened, but there will be more! like her page and keep an eye out for her next show! you live close - lucky you." KR Facebook, April 2016.
"I've been watching your video of 'Perhaps' all week and I just can't thank you enough, especially for sharing the lyrics. Your song is really helping me through a tough time in my life." April 2016, Greeley, CO.
"You guys are awesome! Your music is perfect!" Golden, 11/2015
"You have such a beautiful voice! Will you sing at my wedding?" CU Boulder, 2015
"I am just a bar band hack but you, You are a true artist. I really like what you are doing with your Aural Elixir music." Guitarist, Vegan, & all around nice guy. VegFest, March 2016.
"I really enjoyed your set. Thank you for blessing us with your voice." New Orleans 11/2015
"So passionate!" New Orleans, 2015
"You have the most amazing voice, thank you for sharing your music." SW, Por Wine 10/2015
"I am so impressed, you are very talented!" Dutch Lady, Por Wine, 10/2015
"Your music is the perfect mix of elegance and grit." Golden, 9/2015
"Thank you for playing tonight, I needed to fall in love with some new music & I have." Golden, 9/2015
"Wow, you wrote that? What a great song!" Golden 9/2015
"Who is that drummer? He's killing it!" (about Ryan Elwood) Golden 9/2015
"You remind me so much of Joni Mitchell, your voice is absolutely gorgeous." Stone Cup 9/2015
"Your version of Janis Joplin's song was better than the original." Stone Cup 9/2015
"I had so much fun fun listening & dancing to your music. You have a beautiful voice. Thanks for playing tonight!" Blonde Lady, Nederland, 5/2015
"You really rock the keys! I really like the way some of your songs are funny and other songs are serious and some songs are like, both. You sing good too. I'm a musician... I know about these things." Some Hippie Guy, Nederland, 5/2015
"I really enjoyed listening to the ups and downs, great flow. This music is so dynamic!" D. L. Nederland, CO 5/2015
"You have such a great voice." Lyons, CO 4/2015
"Goddess of the keys, you radiate love." Balloon man, Longmont Farmers' Market
"Is that Jewel?" "No, she's even better, like Jewel, Tori Amos & Regina Spektor, all rolled into one." Boulder Farmer's Market 2014
"The music was wonderful, you all did an excellent job." Golden Moon Speakeasy, Sept. 2014, Golden, CO
"Your voice sparkles just like your costume." Mardi Gras Leftovers Party, NOLA, 2014
"I love the music & you have a great voice!" F & S, Golden Moon Speakeasy, Sept. 2014
"What a great band, thanks for playing here! I really needed this, your music makes me feel so good. You rock!" G.C. Pioneer Inn, Nederland, Sept. 2014
"You have a very soothing quality about you." September 2014, The Stone Cup, Lyons
"Your style is similar to some of Joni Mitchell's music. I like it a lot." Michelle, Espresso Vino, Louisville, CO, 2014
"We love your music. You can play here anytime." Owner, Cafe Istanbul, NOLA, 2014
"I don't like this song but I love her version of it." Friendly heckler at the Pioneer Inn, 2014, in response to the Radiohead song "Creep"
"You are so good. I was going to leave earlier but I just had to stay and hear your whole set." Owner, R Coffeehouse, Wichita, KS, 2014
"Your music reminds me of The Bad Plus, but less chaotic." Greg, Boulder Farmers market, 2014
"You really made a lovely record." Karl about PDAE, 2014
"Your music helps us heal, thank you for playing." Stone Cup, Lyons, CO after the flood 2013
"I had to put down my camera so I could enjoy being transported by the music. What an experience!" Jerry Moran, NOLA Photographer, 2013
"You sound like Imogen Heap." Tall guy in hat, Amante Walnut, 2014
"I enjoyed your version of Sweet Jane, that was good." Pioneer Inn, 2013
"I love your music. I love you." 10 year old girl, Sun Rose Cafe, 2013
"I have the new CD in my car, it's great. I like a little more every time I hear it." Felicia the painter
"I was wondering how you would pull off some Frank Zappa solo. You really did a great job!" Nyland House Concert, 2014
"Your music is beautiful. " Lilly, 6 year old girl in Golden, CO
"Wow, you guys are really good!" Anonymous hippie, Pioneer Inn, Nederland, CO, May 2014
"You're really good!" almost every gig someone says this in their very most surprised voice. I think it's a funny thing to say. The implications..."I was so sure you would be mediocre at best." LOL.
"Was that you playing? Wow, I thought you were the radio!" Red Frog, Longmont 2013
"Marry me." Maeby Funke, Fox
"Your music is perfect for this intimate space." Morning Glory Cafe, 2013
"I love what you do, so fresh and unexpected." Megan. Denver, CO, 2013
"Great music and fantastic vocals, much respect." Nectar, band from Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2013
"You've Changed is so lovely. Wonderful tonal colour in your voice." Frank Smith, Sills & Smith, Ontario, Canada, 2013
"You sound just like Carole King." John, Bittersweet, Louisville, 2013
"You remind me of Jewel." Amante 2012
"Amazing!!!" Seth, Mexico City, 2012
"I love the energy you have on stage, wonderful performance!" Michaelangelo's, Denver 2012
"You should go on American Idol. You are the best singer I have ever heard in Colorado!" Melissa, Chautauqua, Boulder 2005
"Your voice is so beautiful, you sing like an angel. "Tiptina's Sound Engineer, NOLA, 2000
"She plays the space between the black & white keys." NOLA Percussionist at Checkpoint Charlie's 2001
"What kind of music is this?" Japanese Tourists, Nashville Tennessee, RCA Studios 1999
Responses from song commissions:
"I love it." D.R. 2015
"This is a dream come true! Thank you so much for making it a reality!" K.W. 2014
"Amazing work! I can't believe in just a few weeks you created a song for my wedding, this makes me so happy!" A. P. 2014
"Wow, I love the way you took my poem and made it into a song. My fiance and our guests will be delighted!" S. L. 2014
"You did an amazing job, you really captured the essence of a love song. It's perfect." S. B. 2015
Additional Booking Notes
We usually provide our own instruments and audio equipment but we are happy to use house equipment if that is the preferred option. Please inquire for more information.
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
That's how Strong My Love Is (Otis Redding)
Sweet Jane (Lou Reed/Cowboy Junkies)
The Calculation, Eet (Regina Spektor)
Thrill Is Gone (B.B. King)
Hallelujah, Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Wagon Wheel (Bob Dylan)
All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)
Billie's Blues (Billie Holiday)
Fixing a Hole (Beatles)
Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
Daughters (John Mayer)
The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
Mean Woman Blues, Me & Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin)
Take To The Sky, Sweet The Sting, Spark, Tear In Your Hand (Tori Amos)
California, Shades of Scarlet Conquering, For the Roses (Joni Mitchell)
Truth #2 (Patty Griffin)
Directly From My Heart to You (Little Richard)
Son of Mr. Green Genes (Frank Zappa)
Short People (Randy Newman)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkely)
Walkin' After Midnight (Patsy Cline)
Try Me (James Brown)
Nobody Does It Batter (Carly Simon)
Chain of Fools (Aretha Franklin)
Ring Around the Moon (Elephant Revival)
*We do take requests!*
All of Aural Elixir's original material is available for any set list and will be performed when appropriate.
Influences & Inspiration
We have an array of influences including but not limited to: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beach, Ravel, Stravinsky, Debussy, Elfman, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Cannonball Adderly, Coltrane, Mingus, Monk, Mahler, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Elvis, the Beatles, Carole King, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, P Funk, The Meters, Johnny Vidacovich, James Brown, James Booker, Irma Thomas, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Duran Duran, 80's pop, Natalie Merchant, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, and more.
This varies depending on location and gig requirements. Please inquire regarding your specific situation for more information.