Jazz Arts Group's PBJ & Jazz series features Columbus vocal treasure Mary McClendon

Columbus vocal treasure Mary McClendon and friends bring their talent to the Lincoln Theatre ballroom on Saturday, February 12 for a Valentine’s Day-themed PBJ & Jazz concert presented by the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) and Bob Evans Farms.

Mary McClendon has been a regular on the central Ohio jazz scene since the late 1970s. Her smooth vocals and scat singing have made her an audience favorite as she has shared the stage with many jazz greats including Benny Carter, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison and the legendary Sarah Vaughan, to name a few. Mary has often worked with the Jazz Arts Group as a vocalist and she continues to build her resume to include acting, gaining roles in movies such as The Jesse Owens Story.

Other PBJ & Jazz series highlights include the jazz-hop of Liquid Crystal Project (March 12, 2011) and Cleveland jazz pianist Joe Hunter (April 9, 2011).

PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner and retired music educator Rebecca Ogden and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member.

“It has been so much fun over the years to work with great musicians playing real live jazz for kids and their families,” states Ogden. “Every concert is a treat. I am delighted that PBJ & Jazz has a life after the Columbus Music Hall in its new home at the Lincoln!”

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