Jessica Lee / Mark Strickland Duo

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Jazz Vocalist from Pittsburgh, Pa. makes her Cleveland debut at Nighttown! Featuring: Jessica Lee-vocals and Mark Strickland-guitar.

Jessica Lee is an American jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter (ASCAP) and recording artist, born in Manassas, VA. Lee’s vocals reflect the influence of classic jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and gospel, but always with a heavy emphasis on the blues. Her musical motto is to study and perform “something old, something new, something borrowed . . . but always blue.”

Lee performs at jazz and blues clubs, music festivals, charitable and private events, universities and concert halls throughout the U.S. She has performed at legendary clubs such as Antone’s in Austin, Texas and is featured frequently at major charitable events. For example, Jessica was the featured jazz & blues singer to perform a live, nationally-broadcasted concert benefiting the Make-a-Wish-Foundation from the WQED TV Studios in Pittsburgh and has also been a featured singer for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and other major charity events. In 2011-12, record label EQ Music selected three of Jessica’s recorded songs from her “Bluebird Fly” album for inclusion in three compilation albums, including two in their “Greatest Audiophile Voices” album series and one in “The Best Pop Jazz” album for international distribution. Since then, EQ Music has selected four more of Lee’s recorded songs to feature on four new international vocal compilation CDs, including “When Blues Meets Jazz,” and represents her solo albums internationally.

Also a social entrepreneur and educator, Lee has focused much of her entrepreneurial energy on several high-profile initiatives in collaboration with the nonprofit Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, including co-founding the America’s Arts & Music Crossroads Center which connects professional artists and musicians with underprivileged youth for creativity and career coaching; co-founding a jazz and American music camp series for at-risk youth with the Afro American Music Institute’s James Johnson, Ph.D. and trumpeter/educator Sean Jones; the saving and renovation of the legendary Crawford Grill jazz club in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District with Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris and a team of social investors; and various other educational, career and entrepreneurial ventures which are designed to “pass on” the American Music and creative art forms to the next generation, with a special emphasis on serving youth in at-risk situations and communities.

Mark Strickland has been playing guitar since 1964. He has performed with various musical units throughout the Pittsburgh Area, including legendary jazz organist Gene Ludwig, Roger Humphries & R H Factor Band, and many more. In the summer of 2011 he played with international drummer/singer Grady Tate. Mark performed on the 2011 release of Gene Ludwig’s last CD, “Love Notes”, a tribute to Cole Porter.
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