Bess Jacques & The Strays draw on a mix of vintage Americana, including beloved jazz standards from the American Songbook along with more modern, R&B-inspired tunes and Americana. The trio’s musical offerings range from lush ballads to hard-swinging to honky-tonk, from Louis Armstrong to Fats Domino to Tom Waits, and include beautiful originals, for a mix of sounds that is both classic and fresh.
Bess Jacques leads the band on vocals and piano, joined by Portland’s revered Per Hanson on drums and harmonica. A special guest (Special Stray) rounds out the trio, usually on saxophone or trumpet. Special Strays include founding member Kate Campbell Strauss, Darren Whitney, Tracy McMullen, and many other beloved local talents.
For bookings, contact Bess.
Sundays at MJ's Wine Bar
One City Center, Portland, ME
Jazz, blues and wine. We always have a good time and you will too.
Thursdays at Solo Italiano
100 Commercial St, Portland, ME
Starting November 7, the trio is back at Solo! Beautiful food and wine and music in a beautiful downtown Portland location.
Thursdays, Oct 17 & 24, at Cadenza
5 Depot St, Freeport, Maine
Discover Freeport's fantastic new jazz club.
I'll also be playing solo (Strayless) in Kennebunk:
Select Fridays and Saturdays at On the Marsh Bistro
46 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME
Friday, Oct 25
Saturday, Oct 26
Friday, Nov 1
Saturday, Nov 16
Saturday, Nov 23
Friday, Nov 29
Saturday, Nov 30
Saturday, Dec 7
Friday, Dec 13
Friday, Dec 20
Saturday, Dec 21