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Mary has been singing as long as she can remember. Her mother recalls Mary singing popular songs of the day from her crib.

During her school years, Mary was in many plays, choirs and when she was 16 she auditioned for a traveling theatre company and won a part in the Gilbert and Sullivan production of HMS Pinafore. She fell in love with musical theater as a young adult. She performed at Civic Theatre in downtown Portland, Studio Lyric Theatre in Sellwood, and several musicals through the Portland Parks and Recreation Department.

Later she strove to be a solo singer in church and kept her pipes in shape by singing karaoke. After raising a family and working she decided to branch out to sing in live bands. She joined musician meet up groups and met many wonderful and talented musicians. 

She was in a band called Riverstreet, where she was the lead singer. The band played a variety of music including jazz. This is where Mary found her voice. Mary draws her influence from Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holliday and Etta James. She joined a traditional jazz group until she decided to form her own vintage jazz trio. 

She pulled two exceptional players from that group, Mark Kellogg on jazz guitar and Murray Nunn on bass. Unfortunately Murray’s life took him to another state. And in came Steve Pinkston, a renowned bass player in his own right. 


Photos by Zap Graphics

"This trio has gelled into a fun, energetic group that reels off vintage jazz like they invented it themselves. This small and mighty group can deliver as if they had a big band behind them. "

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