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JAG Presents: “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of The Harlem Renaissance”

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by Andrew Patton on February 13, 2017

The fourth installment of the 2016-17 Jazz Arts Group Presents series will bring the music of the Harlem Renaissance to life through the abilities of some of Columbus’ finest, and up-and-coming, musicians. “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of The Harlem Renaissance” will be held on Saturday, February 18th, at 8pm at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are available here, by visiting the CAPA Box Office at 39 East State Street, or calling (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. The program will feature four of the area’s top vocalists recreating the spirit of this classic material: Mary McClendon, Kelly McLennan, Lisa Webster and Jeanette Williams. They will be backed by an excellent rhythm section of bassist Derek DiCenzo, drummer Reggie Jackson, and pianist/music director Jon Eshelman. The program also includes guest appearances by CJO trumpet star Dwight Adams and the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Donavan. The photo at left by Zach Compston shows the Ladies of the program with Eshelman. This star-studded concert will be a great opportunity to learn more about the classic tunes of the era and experience them in living color! Keep reading for more details from JAG:

JAZZ ARTS GROUP PRESENTS “LADIES SING THE BLUES: SONGS & SOUNDS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE

A top-notch lineup of Columbus’s most respected musicians sets the tone and tempo for an evening celebrating the style, sass and songs of the Harlem Renaissance Saturday, February 18th at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (769 East Long Street). “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance” features local jazz and blues songbirds Mary McClendon, Kelly McLennan, Lisa Webster and Jeanette Williams. Joining them is a high-powered rhythm section featuring bassist Derek DiCenzo, drummer Reggie Jackson, and pianist/music director Jon Eshelman.

The program also features guest artist Dwight Adams, one of the standout trumpeters of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the talented youngsters of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra led by Mark Donavan. Serving as the event’s emcee is jazz historian and longtime WCBE Radio personality Jack Marchbanks.

From big band tunes reminiscent of the great Harlem Renaissance band leaders Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, to the intimate refrains made famous by the era’s vocal icons Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, the Harlem Renaissance is reborn in this one night only event.

Tickets for “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance” are $25 and are available at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may also be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (614) 469-0939. Presented by the Jazz Arts Group.

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America’s premier not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. Our mission is to advance and celebrate the art of jazz through performance and education. The Jazz Arts Group’s programs are made possible in part by the generous support of The Columbus Foundation, The Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Ohio Arts Council. Additional support is provided by Cardinal Health, Bob Evans, Grange Insurance, Highpoint on Columbus Commons, Ann & Tom Hoaglin, L Brands, Plante-Moran, The Reinberger Foundation, Sequent, State Auto Insurance Companies, Fahn & Denny Tishkoff, U.S. Bank and The Westin Columbus. Media partners include City Scene Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch, The Columbus Radio Group, WCBE Radio, WMNI Radio and WOSU Public Media.

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“Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of The Harlem Renaissance”
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
The Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street
Tickets: $25 per person | $15 Students
Tickets available in advance at the CAPA Ticket Office (39 East State Street), all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. Any remaining tickets day-of will be available at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office two hours before show-time.

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