PORTLAND – Multi-instrumentalist Jess Tardy will perform two sets with a full band at the Center for Cultural Exchange at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Tardy grew up in Palmyra, where she started singing at local variety shows by the age of 4, and won state and nationwide awards as a standout tenor-saxophonist and vocalist in her high school’s jazz program. By the time she entered college at Harvard, she had already performed twice at the Montreux Jazz Festival, jammed at the North Sea Jazz Fest. She appeared in the Chicago Art Institute’s 1998 tribute to Ella Fitzgerald as well as the Chicago Endowment for the Arts’ tribute to George Gershwin the following year.

She also toured Ireland with The Late Money Band, as the soul band’s sax-wielding lead vocalist.

Tickets are $8, and may be purchased through the box office at 761-0591, online at http://www.centerforculturalexchange.org or at any Bull Moose Music.

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