Mrs. Sallee has been performing as a free-lance dinner pianist since her early years in high school. Later in college, she was the regular evening pianist in the lobby of the old Skirvin Plaza Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. While studying in Vienna, she performed regularly for the coffee hour at the Hotel Rainer and was later featured once a week at the Stardust Supper Club in the Vienna opera district.
Since 1986, she has performed throughout the Oklahoma City metro for a variety of audiences. Her private audiences have included Bill Cosby, Joe Nameth and Pope John Paul, II, to name a few. With her capacity to play by ear, she is at home with any style of music which allows her to play the audiences requests, from the classics to pop, Broadway favorites to jazz standards, gospel and western folk.In addition to performing for wedding ceremonies or graduation convocations, Mary offers special rates for an adjoining reception following the event. Since 1990, Mrs. Sallee has performed with several jazz groups across the metro area. In 1996, she put together her own group which was featured for Norman's Jazz in June Festival. In recent years, her groups have entertained for the Winter Wind Series at the Norman Depot, the OKC Noon Tunes, Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Jurassic Jazz at the Sam Noble Museum and outdoor concerts at the Rivermont and the Legacy Park, to name a few. The group is also featured annually on the Lunch and Listen Series, a music series started by Mary to feature local musicians and student pianists at the University. Mary's groups entertain for private functions as well as annual civic events including Norman Chamber's Business After Hours, Sam Noble Museum fundraisers, Assistance League and Wine Tasting fundraisers such as Le Tour de Vin, Jazz in June fundraising events and receptions for the Canterbury Choral Society. To book music for your private function or civic event, contact Mary at 405-361-9811.
Lunch and Listen Series- West Branch Library
Artwalk at Mainsite Contemporary Gallery in Norman
Sallee Jazz Quintet - Norman Legacy Park Music Series
Sallee Jazz Ensemble - McFarlin UMC annual Advent Festival