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Exploring folk, jazz and blues styles

Singer/songwriter Claudia Schmidt describes herself as a "creative noisemaker." Her audiences have learned to expect anything at one of her concerts — hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire.

Rogue Valley audiences will have a chance to hear the range of Schmidt's songwriting when St. Clair Productions presents her in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

The Michigan native performs mostly original songs in the folk, jazz and blues styles accompanied by her 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian described a Schmidt concert as "a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory, and you know you'll never be the same again."

Schmidt has 14 recordings. Her latest CD is "Spinning," released on Pragmavision Records. Recently she collaborated with the New Reformation Jazz Band on two CDs: a Dixieland gospel recording and a tribute to Gershwin and Ellington in celebration of their 100th birthdays.

In 2000, Schmidt released "Wings of Wonder" on Redhouse Records. Her most recent work in the jazz field, "I Thought About You," is her second leading her own sextet, Claudia Schmidt & The JumpBoys.

Tickets to her Ashland concert are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, $8 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop, online at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.

Singer Claudia Schmidt will perform her original compositions. - St. Claire Productions