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Cookin' at the 'O'

Jazz blues artist Pippi Ardennia and musicians (including bass player Billy Peterson and piano player Daniel Leahy, pictured above) entertain the crowd at the Oldenburg House in Carlton Saturday evening. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal1 / 2
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Lively jazz music could be heard down the block as guests listened and nodded in time to the beat, punctuating the music with an enthusiastic "yeah!" or "whoo!" every now and then.

The venue? The Carlton Room at the historic Oldenburg House on Chestnut Street in Carlton, where a group of concertgoers gathered to enjoy a "Cookin' at the 'O'" event. Close to 40 guests enjoyed an intimate night of food and beverages along with the sultry singing of Pippi Ardennia, a jazz and blues singer originally from Chicago.

"Pippi is an authentic musical powerhouse," said Oldenburg House owner Glenn Swanson.

The band delighted the audience for about 10 minutes before Ardennia took the stage bathed in blue light and began entertaining with her smooth vocals. Her smile was as big as her voice as she bantered back and forth with band members and audience.

Ardennia is scheduled to perform at the Oldenburg House again the weekend of Oct. 20 and 21, also her birthday.

"We have plans for other singers and musicians," said Swanson, who is expanding the offerings at the grand B&B not far from Jay Cooke Park. "It's a lot to get going but a schedule is slowly coming together." Swanson is an avid music lover and plays drums with the band.

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