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Sue Sheriff Jazz + Bess Jacques & The Strays + AHHA

Sue Sheriff Jazz + Bess Jacques & The Strays + AHHA
Sue Sheriff Jazz + Bess Jacques & The Strays + AHHA


Oct 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM



Sue Sheriff is a vocal jazz musician who performs in the greater Portland, Maine area. She has been entertaining audiences young and old since she was six. Some of her vocal influences include classics such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O ‘Day. She loves to sing jazz standards from the 1930’s – 1950’s along with more current material. Her rich tones marry the elegance and swing of the classic tunes well, bringing them to life for her captive audiences.

Inspired by her children, Sue previously released a nationally acclaimed CD of original children’s songs in 1998. Following the success of that album, she released a second album in 2005. In 2008, she self-published an illustrated children’s book and accompanying CD with original songs entitled In Harmony and Other Songs of Peace.

Sue returned to her passion for jazz and began singing in many New England venues such as Blue, Solo Bistro, Harvest on the Harbor, the Local Buzz, and the Encore Lounge in Boston, as well as multiple private functions. In 2016, she released her album, “Better than Anything” produced by the late Rebecca Parris. She is a welcome performer on any stage.


Pianist and singer Bess Jacques recreates the vintage decades of American music - think early jazz, swing, the American Songbook, rhythm and blues and soul - and combines these with fresh originals for a sound that is both vibrant and nostalgic. In 2012 Bess abandoned a career in math and computer sciences to pursue music full time, returning to her home state of Maine in 2014. She and her musician/carpenter husband live in Westbrook, and work is underway to convert the old family hen house into a music studio. Bess performs regularly in the greater Portland area with various projects, including her combo, Bess Jacques & The Strays, and the jump blues / swing band The Zoot Jumpers.


Having tasked himself with creating a synthesis between politics, history, and a diverse array of musical genres and styles, Boston based composer and performer Aaron Clarke strives to bridge these worlds as seamlessly as possible. A composer of works ranging from music for symphony orchestra to solo pieces, his music has been premiered by the Horszowski Trio, Radius Ensemble, and the luminary new music group loadbang. Clarke also regularly writes for his latest collaborative project AHHA, an experimental jazz-rock quartet in which he is one of the guitarists. As an electric guitarist, he is a co-founder of the Barbour Clarke Duo, which has been said to have “ambitions [that] are limitless and…[is] always searching for new textures and elements to make jazz as intriguing as ever” by VillageSoup. While playing in BCD, Clarke was a co-winner of the Bay Chamber “Young Stars of Maine” Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize in 2013. His performance is featured in the pre-recorded guitar track for Daniel Sonenberg’s composition Machine Shop (2015), which accompanies a live marimba part. Clarke was also heavily involved in the multi-media production Molded by the Flow, a collaboration between the music, theatre, and art departments at the University of Southern Maine spearheaded by composer Paul Dresher and performer/director Rinde Eckert. Additionally, Clarke is active as a pit musician for musicals, having participated in productions such as Spring Awakening, Catch Me If You Can, Reefer Madness, and Avenue Q.


Doors @ 5PM

Sue Sheriff Jazz @ 6PM

Bess Jacques & The Strays @ 8PM


This event is donation based, bring cash to tip the musicians!


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