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The Leslie Kendall Blues Project

Leslie Kendall is well-known as a jazz singer. "I was signed to Warner Brothers, MCA and Columbia Records," the vocalist says. "I was a soloist for the Percy Faith Orchestra. When I moved here in 1994, I started working with the Ed Dunsavage Trio."

She first worked with trumpeter Harry Kannasto's Big Band, then with the 18-piece Jefferson State Jazz Orchestra. From there, she and nine members of the JSJO formed The Little Big Band.

She and Justin Wade met while performing with JSJO, the Jump Daddies and The Little Big Band.

Early this year, Kendall got the notion to sing blues, so she and guitarist Justin Wade put together a blues project with another vocalist, Laurel Brown.

"We're playing acoustic blues and Americana," Kendall says. "We want to look at all sides of the blues, including the happy side, and explore blues from its roots — including the music of Jimmie Cox, Robert Johnson and Sippie Wallace ... every thing from the Great American Songbook contemporary artists as Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton.

The Leslie Kendall Blues Project will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville.

Find the Leslie Kendall Blues Project on Facebook.

— Laurie Heuston

Right to left: Laurel Brown, Justin Wade and Leslie Kendall. - Photo courtesy of Leslie Kendall