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Frank Fetch Park

Jazz divas kick off Summer Concert Series

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Mary Daniels (left) and Mary McClendon will kick off the Summer Concert Series Sunday, June 16 in Frank Fetch Park.

Two old friends and, these days an infrequent duet, will kick off the 11th annual Summer Concert Series in Frank Fetch.

Mary Daniels and Mary McClendon, who traditionally open the series, will offer up a performance of jazz diva classics at the show, to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 16, in the German Village park, located on Beck Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Daniels, a keyboardist more commonly known as "Jazz Mary," is an enduring figure on the Columbus music scene, known for her wide repertoire of music.

McClendon also has been a lasting entertainer locally, having been part of a band that performed for more than a decade at Lindey's.

Daniels, who's semi-retired these days, said they will be performing standards from such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone.

"This is going to be a special treat," Daniels said. "If they want to see us together, this is the spot."

All shows in the Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the German Village Garten Club and Hausfrau Haven, are held the third Sunday of each month through September.

Daniels, who organizes the performances, said each band brings its own level of excitement to the park.

Buckles and Boots, to take the stage July 21, has its roots in American Appalachian folk and country while it incorporating elements of soul-searching modern rock.

The Adrienne Hindmarsh Quartet, a band that alternates between New York and New Zealand, is making its stop Aug. 18.

Singer and jazz organist Adrienne Hindmarsh is considered a premier talent in the genre and has just released her latest CD, Blues Skies.

The Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, which will cap off the series Sept. 15, plays a variety of musical styles and selects literature from a vast repertoire of classical, jazz and contemporary music.

"We have some fun stuff this year," Daniels said.

Jerry Glick, who helps organize the concerts, said people can bring chairs, blankets and beverages.

He said the series was instituted as a way to thank village residents and volunteers who work at the park.

"This is just a fun Sunday evening for people," he said.