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Sheryl Bailey, Lena Seikaly to Headline Second Annual Mel Bay Jazz Festival

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Guitarist Sheryl Bailey and singer Lena Seikaly will headline the second annual Mel Bay Jazz Festival, which will take place Thursday, September 25 through Saturday, September 27 at four different venues in and around De Soto, MO.

The NYC-based Bailey is a Berklee School of Music graduate who has released eight albums as a leader, the most recent being 2013's A Meeting Of Minds.

Seikaly, who earned a degree in classical vocal performance at the University of Maryland, has released three albums of her own and teaches and performs regularly in Washington DC.

The fest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25 with a performance by Sugar Moon, featuring guitarist Larry Bay (nephew of the famed guitarist, educator, entrepreneur and festival namesake Mel Bay) at Lorenzo’s Italian Kitchen, 106 South Main in De Soto.

Bailey and Seikaly will perform starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 26 at Fo-Jo Studio, just down the street at 116 North Main.  Bailey also will play a lunchtime show starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27 at the Fountain City Grill, 302 North Main.

Both headliners then will be joined by St. Louis singer Joe Mancuso for the final “Festival Showcase" starting at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at LaChance Vineyards, 12237 Peter Moore Lane (at Highway Y).

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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