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The Ohio State University School of Music is hosting its 38th Annual Jazz Festival Thursday, April 9th, through Sunday, April 12th. All performances are free, with the exception of the Sunday night Manner Effect show.

The festival will kick off Thursday at 8pm with a tribute to the local ladies. Divas Night will be highlighting three of Columbus’ most gifted jazz vocalists: Mary McClendon, Louise Salvador, and Jeanette Williams. McClendon is a Columbus native who has been scat singing in the city since the 1970’s, while fellow area native Williams gained popularity with her gospel-rich voice in the Seeds of Fulfillment. Salvador made her way from being a musical director at a theater in Houston to a standing weekly performance in the Short North at nearly 70 years old. Read More →

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Live Jazz in Columbus, Weekend of March 27th 2015

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